Pallman Farms in Clarks Summit has been providing fresh turkeys for Thanksgiving for four generations. Beth Pallman shows how to prepare a fresh turkey.
Pallman Family's Famous Roasting Instructions
When you get home, leave the turkey in its bag and place it in the refrigerator. Since the turkey is fresh, and has never been frozen, be sure to cook it within 3 days of picking it up. As fresh turkeys roast faster than frozen ones, we recommend roasting for 15/20 minutes per pound.
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Remove the turkey from the bag. Then, remove the giblets (located in the cavity) and use as desired. Thoroughly rinse the inside and the outside of the turkey. Drain all the excess water and pat it dry. Now, Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.
3. Loosely fill the cavity with your favorite stuffing or add flavor and aroma by tucking a medley of onions, carrots and celery into the cavity.
4. Rub with softened butter and season with salt and pepper.
5. Add turkey stock: 2 cups or enough to cover the bottom the roasting pan. Keep the level of the liquid below the rack.
6. Place an aluminum foil tent over the turkey, pinching the edges of the foil tightly to the pan. As Pallman Turkeys contain incredible natural flavors and juices, they do not require basting. Remove the tent within 30 minutes of the estimated roasting time to check the internal temperature of the turkey with a meat thermometer. To brown the outside of the turkey, put it back in the oven without the foil tent. Your turkey is done when the temperature reaches 175-180 degrees F.
Remove the stuffing, then let the turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. While the turkey rests, go ahead use the turkey stock and drippings to make a delicious gravy;