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Roast Turkey (Oven Bag Method)

Adapted from "How to Cook Turkey in an Oven Bag" Recipe from Reynolds.com
This turkey recipe will have you relieved that all you need to do is set it and forget it until it's done. Once you've tried this method, you'll never want to return to basting every 20 minutes!
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  • 1 whole Turkey
  • 1 stick Butter
  • Herbs to taste salt, pepper, sage, thyme


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place a turkey roasting bag into a large roasting pan that is at least two inches deep. Sprinkle one tablespoon of flour into the bag, and shake to distribute. Add sliced vegetables to the bag if you would like. Fold back the ends of the bag several times to help hold it open while you place the turkey inside (later step).
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey. Then rinse, and pat dry. If you like to stuff your turkey, place stuffing into cavity. Be careful not to overstuff.
  • Brush the turkey with oil or melted butter, and rub seasonings on it according to your taste. Place turkey in the roasting bag, atop sliced vegetables if you added them.
  • Close the bag with the tie that is found within the roasting bag envelope.
  • Make 6 half-inch slits in the top of the bag, to allow steam to escape as the turkey cooks. Tuck corners of the bag in the pan and trim or fold down the end of the bag, to make sure it doesn’t touch the oven or heating elements when it’s cooking.
  • Place the turkey on the lowest rack of your oven to roast. No need to baste or attend the turkey. Look at the cooking chart you downloaded before for the estimated time for cooking a turkey in an oven bag. To know when the turkey is done cooking, measure the temperature through one of the cut slits in the top of the bag. Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey thigh.
  • Let turkey stand in the bag for 15 minutes after removing from the oven. Then cut the bag open with cooking shears or a paring knife.
  • To remove the turkey from the bag, insert serving forks in the neck and chest cavity of the turkey. Then simply lift your turkey and transfer to a serving dish for dinner. Use the juices to make flavorful gravy to pair with the moist turkey.


Download the oven bag cooking guide here: https://www.reynoldskitchens.com/tips/oven-bag-cooking-guide/