When buying your turkey, choose a young turkey that
has firm yellow flesh and flexible breastbone. The average size turkey to get for a family of 4-6 would be between 8-12 pounds. Remove any pinfeathers remaining. Remove the giblets and Neckbone and put aside to make the dressing. (or cook up for your dog) Salt and pepper inside and outside. Stuff with your favorite stuffing. Place in roaster pan. Baste with butter all over.
Add about 1/8 inch of water in bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 2-1/2 to 4 hours (depending on the size of the turkey) The 8 pound would be about 2-1/2 hours, the 12 pound, closer to 3-1/2. After 1-1/2 hours. remove turkey from oven, and baste with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Baste every 1/2 hour, for a moist turkey. If you notice the skin getting too browned, cover with foil. Remove from oven, and let set for about 10 minutes before carving, to prevent the meat from falling apart. Serve with your favorite gravy and vegetables .
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