Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Most of you, I assume already have your turkey thawed and ready to go if your hosting; or, you’re all ready to prepare whatever dish you’re bringing to the meal in the morning. My brother and his wife are the Thanksgiving hosts in our family, but back when he was a wee high-school student and I was the married with kids older sister, I did the hosting from time-to-time. I was in my 2os and still at the beginning stages of my cooking knowledge acquisition. I recall more than one year sitting with cold water running into the turkey cavity hoping it would quickly thaw so I could get it in the oven….those things take forever to thaw and I always seem to underestimate when to stick them in the fridge. Everything always worked out, but that didn’t stop me from wishing I could just stick the bird in the oven still frozen.
That is the reason why JENNIE-O OVEN READY turkey intrigued me and I was excited to give it a try when asked. My first impression was, ‘Wow, this is super easy!’ You basically just take the turkey out, place the FROZEN turkey in the oven, then, when it’s done eat it! It came out perfectly cooked and moist (despite that being put in the oven frozen). A frozen turkey in the oven, seriously…it’s already seasoned, too, so no worries on that end either.
As far as taste, well, it’s good in a pinch. That being said, I prefer a regular JENNIE-O turkey that I thaw for days in preparation, and then season myself. I guess I’m a little bit of a turkey snob. The oven ready turkeys are good–but to me, the seasoning isn’t the way I’d do it.
The real question is will I buy another JENNIE-O OVEN READY turkey in the future? The answer is yes, and here’s why. They are perfect for keeping in the freezer for unexpected company or if you have a busy weekend and want an easy, fulfilling meal. The key is I can just take it out of the freezer and stick it in the oven without have to thinking about it days in advance.
I know you’ll probably have your fill of turkey tomorrow, but, I recommend picking one up and trying it out–you’ll be amazed and excited at how good it tastes for how easy it is.
What’s your favorite Holiday cooking shortcut? I’d love to know so I can put it into action…please share it in a comment
Have a Fun and Family-Filled Thanksgiving!
NOTE: We did receive coupons toward our purchase of the turkey we tried, but all opinions are our own.