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One Turkey, 5 Different Ways: Roast Turkey

Growing up I always marveled as my Mum effortlessly cooked a turkey for Christmas or popped a roast in the oven. As I got older I thought like many of friends that it looked pretty difficult until I realized how cheap it was. Items on sale will motivate me to try a bunch of things including cooking a roast turkey dinner and I’m here to tell you – it’s super easy especially with Betty’s help!

Even though there’s a bunch of recipes online that appear daunting I simply: Roast uncovered 4 to 5 hours, brushing with pan juices every 30 minutes, until thermometer reads 180°F and juice of turkey is no longer pink when center of thigh is cut.

We love hosting dinner parties in our house and therefore I like to have a couple of hams or turkeys in our deep freezer that were bought for less than a dollar a pound. The first thing I do with them is plan a big roast dinner. Now, hold on a second before you think it’s going to cost a fortune! That’s why it’s good to buy on sale. You may not eat it that week but grab it from the freezer, invite some friends over and enjoy a roast dinner. Here’s what I did:

Roast turkey: Around $10 for 18#. We ate about 6# worth between 4 adults and 3 kids. Total cost: $3.33

Potatoes at $.99 for 5#. We used 2# or around $.40

Beans – $1.49

Biscuits – around $.40 during a recent Jewel sale.

Gravy – Made from turkey juice and a little cornstarch ($.10)

Final Cost: $5.72 for 7 people

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