How to Bake a Turkey in a Convection Oven

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Baking a whole turkey in a convection oven involves placing it on a roasting rack within a roasting pan, inserting a meat thermometer, loosely covering the bird with foil and baking it for about 2 hours until the thermometer reaches 180 degrees. Bake a whole turkey with help from a professional chef in this free video on cooking techniques.

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Hi, I'm Michelle Karam, with Dishes by Michelle in Los Angeles, California. I'm here today to talk to you about how to cook a turkey in a convection oven. There are a few things you'll need for this recipe. The first one, all important being, is a convection oven. You'll need to make sure you have one of those. The second is a turkey. You'll need to also have a meat thermometer that's oven safe, a roasting rack that fits into your roasting pan and some aluminum foil. So, I've already gone ahead and prepared my turkey. I've taken it out of the packaging. I've removed the neck, the gizzards. I've rinsed it. I've patted it dry with paper towels. I've coated it with some oil. I've sprinkled it with some salt and inserted my meat thermometer, and it's just ready to go now, into the oven. So, the first thing we'll do is we will take our roasting rack and we will place it into our roasting pan. The next thing we want to do is we want to take our turkey and we want to place him directly in the center of the rack, and we want to make sure that the wings are tucked back so that it makes for that nice presentation we're looking for. The next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our aluminum foil and we're going to cover our bird with it. We're going to leave a little bit of space in between the bird and the foil because if it's touching, then when you go to remove the foil you're going to pull back and pull off all that beautiful golden brown turkey skin you have worked so hard to make. So, let's go ahead and cover this bird. So, here we have our bird all tented, ready to go. Sounds like he is going camping. having him tented, all ready to go and get into our convection oven. So, I'm going to go ahead and put him in there. I have the oven on 325 degrees. When you're cooking a bird with a convection oven, you want to know that it's going to cook faster because what happens in a convection oven is there's more heat that's circulating all the way around. So, it's able to actually get to the bird and encompass it with the heat that much faster. So, your cooking time should be about 25 percent less than it normally would be. My bird is 14 pounds, so it will probably take about two hours to two and a half hours for it to cook, but the best way to check for the doneness of your bird is check the meat thermometer. If it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, then you know that it's perfectly done and cooked and just perfect. So, we'll come back to that bird and check on it in about an hour and a half. So, I've taken my bird out of the oven and here it is. I think it looks fantastic. It has reached 180 degrees Fahrenheit, so I know that it means that it's perfectly cooked and well done, it's golden on the outside and I can see the juices on the inside and this just smells really fantastic. A rule of thumb with your turkey is once you've taken it out of the oven, you might want to let it sit for about 15 minutes. This allows all of the juices to go back into the turkey so that when you do carve it, it's moist, juicy, tender and just savory delicious. I'm Michelle Karam, and this was how to cook a turkey in a convection oven. Thanks for watching.

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