Perfect Moist Slow Baked Turkey, Every Time

Perfect Moist Slow Baked Turkey

Perfect Moist Slow Baked Turkey

Part of the Thanksgiving feast in Cerrillos, NM

I wanted to give you a recipe for PERFECT moist slow baked turkey, amazing every time. I got this from a friend in the early 1970s and it has NEVER failed, and I have made it dozens of times; one thing I love the best is waking up early in the morning to the fabulous fragrance of turkey!!! The recipe came from a 1950s Adele Davis cookbook.

1: turn oven to 350 degrees.

2: stuff turkey, place in pan and put in oven.

3: bake one hour

4: USING OVEN THERMOMETER, turn oven to 180 degrees (VERY important to have 180 degrees!!)

5: bake one hour per pound of turkey

6: ENJOY!!!!!!

IMPORTANT--CALIBRATE your oven to 180 degrees BEFORE the big baking day..... when your oven reaches 180, put a dot of red nail polish, or a scratch, on the exact spot on the oven dial--if you don't pre-calibrate the 180 degrees it will take too much time to find 180 and the oven will be too hot or too cold for your Perfect Turkey.

165 degrees kills all common pathogens, and 180 degrees really kills all! stuffing will be yummy-gooey, so you may want to make some ''dry'' stuffing as well. you do NOT cover the turkey, no basting, no fussing! the skin becomes somewhat of a ''cover'' that keeps the juices in. there is not the volume of drippings when cooked this way (it stays in the meat), but there is plenty to make lots of yummy gravy! and yes, a 22 lb turkey will be in your oven for 23 hours.

And if you have not tried Susan Stamberg's Mom's cranberry relish, it's a must! It may sound strange, but everyone loves it, albeit in small amounts! It's great with ham too! Recipe on This Page! I still make the Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry Relish found on the Ocean Spray cranberry package.

Read this great Wiki page for more information on Adelle Davis, inventor of the perfect moist slow baked turkey method!

What People Are Saying About Perfect Moist Slow Baked Turkey

Perfect Every Year by: Harriette

We bake our turkey this way each year, ever since you gave us this recipe. THANK YOU! It has never failed, and everyone comments they have never had such a moist, tender turkey. Yum!! It really is perfect moist slow baked turkey!!


Thank u for the perfect turkey recipe! 15 hours that bird was in my oven and I can honestly say, I've never tasted a better turkey!! Thanks!

Best Ever Perfect Moist Slow Baked Turkey!! by: Melysa

Thanks for the instructions, Annie!! One of my dinner guests said that this was the best turkey he'd ever eaten. I made a spicy, garlic and herb butter to put in between the skin and the meat, and stuffed it with apples and onions while it baked for 22 hours @ 180. It was great! Hope you had a wonderful day too~ I will definitely be using this method for turkeys I bake in the future; I know the health benefits of slow baking, and there is nothing more annoying than dry meat, especially the white meat!

REALLY is perfect & moist!!! by: Nance

This method has never failed our family, PERFECT every single time! Enjoy this perfect moist slow baked turkey all year, not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas!! We have used this method in the middle of the summer, then used the meat for BBQ turkey on sandwiches and burritos. The white meat in turkey is so often really dry, which is very frustrating; with this method, the white meat is as juicy and moist as the dark meat!!