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It’s like an Instant Pot, but just for turkey.

Jaime Milan
November 16, 2018

Without proper planning, Thanksgiving dinner can turn into a cluster you-know-what. Pulling off the perfect holiday feast requires patience, dedication, a lot of time... and depending on the crowd, several ovens. If you’re lacking the last item(s) you’ll have to come up with a creative alternative, which is what my mother-in-law did.

Most people would try reserve their oven space for the bird, and make their sides on the stovetop or slow cooker, but we live in Alabama, where casseroles reign supreme. This year, rather than fighting time and varying oven temps, my mother-in-law decided to forego cooking the turkey in the oven altogether.

How did she do that, you ask?

She bought a handy countertop gadget that is made to roast a turkey. Understandably, she was a little nervous to try it out for the first time at a food-centric holiday, so she held a trial turkey dinner this week to try it out—and invited us over.

Let me tell you, it was some of the best turkey I’ve ever had. It was juicy, cooked perfectly, and the skin even got crispy. (Though, to get the skin even crispier, I'd suggest throwing it under the broiler for a few minutes after it's been roasted in the machine.)

Using a Oster 22-Quart Roaster Oven, it took my mother-in-law under two hours to roast a 16-lb. turkey—literally half the cooking time it’d take to roast in the oven. She loved that the machine is big enough to hold up to a 26-lb. turkey, and that it’s self-basting (so there’s no need to babysit your bird.) Best part? The roaster she used is just $38 at Walmart right now. Talk about something to be thankful for.

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