Food - Drink
Should You Roast Turkey Covered Or Uncovered?
By MATTHEW SPINA
When roasting a turkey, the cooking time, temperature, and size of the bird can all influence the final result, not to mention the many ways you can prepare the turkey beforehand, such as spatchcocking or stuffing. If you're wondering whether or not to cover your turkey before roasting, this is the best choice to make this Thanksgiving.
The right answer to the "to cover or not to cover" question is that a hybrid method is best. Start cooking your turkey under a cover of foil, which will create a juicy interior by trapping in steam and moisture, then remove the foil halfway through the roasting process so that the skin browns to perfection, thanks to the direct heat exposure.
You can also just cover the turkey breasts with foil, since white meat tends to dry out quickly, but check on the temperature of these areas frequently to make sure they're cooking at the same rate as the rest of the bird. Lastly, if your turkey's skin starts to burn towards the end of cooking, re-cover those sections with foil for protection.