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this year I plan on using my 20 qt rooster to cook my turkey. This way I have my oven for other things. Can anyone tell me how big of a turkey it will hold and I noticed it seems to cook things faster than if I had it in the oven. What kind of adjustments should I make for my turkey? Thank you!

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Last updated: Nov. 11, 2012 5:39 pm
Posted: Nov. 11, 2012 7:02 am
Answered by: Nancy1225
Nov. 11, 2012 10:46 am
We have done that for a few years now. Our turkey sizes ranged from20-23 lb. It worked fine except the lid at forst didin't fit tight so we tented it with foil. After awhile as the turkey cooked we could get the lid on tighter. I used one of the cook in bags because I hate to clean the roaster. The turkey was very good, but if you are concerned about presentation it didn't brown as well as the regular over method.
Answered by: Nancy1225
Nov. 11, 2012 10:48 am
Sorry I re-read your question and don't know if I addressed your concerns. We always find it cooks faster too, but since I used the cook in bag the juices were contained in the bag and around the turkey. We would just turn it to low if it was ready before I wanted it to be.
Answered by: What's for dinner, mom?
Nov. 11, 2012 5:39 pm
I have a 22 quart roaster and love making out turkey in it. So nice to have the oven free for other things! I agree the turkey does not brown as well but I also cook my turkey breast down. I usually buy/get a "store reward free" turkey that is about 20 pounds. It fits quite well. If you want to have a browned turkey you can always brown the turkey right in the roasting pan in your oven then switch to the electric roaster to finish. I set mine to 325 degrees and always, ALWAYS use a meat thermometer. I don't trust the pop up timers 100%.
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