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Too big of a turkey

I have the Rival 18 qt roaster. On the box it says roasts up to an 18 lb turkey. The instructions inside says up to a 20-22 lb turkey. My hubby brought home a 23.60 lb Tom turkey!! Thanks hubs. Can I cook this beast in my roaster?!

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  • skatkat57 Nov 13, 2009

    This big Tom will be stuffed with dressing as well. Will that be a problem in the roaster? I've done an 18 pounder in it before. How much time do you suppose this stuffed Tom Turkey will take in the roaster. You've been very reassuring so far. Thank you.

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I LOVE these roasters!!! And now you've made me hungry for turkey. Yum!!! ;)

You shouldn't have a problem cooking your big bird in that roaster. You may have a little trouble getting it ALL to fit in at first, but of course, the turkey will shrink a bit as it cooks and it'll all fall into place. When you're stuffing Tom (the bird...Not the guy) into the roaster, you may have to coerce the cover to fully close over the top, but it shouldn't be too much of an issue. I've cooked even larger birds in my Rival 18qt without any issues, other than some that I mentioned above.

I hope this helps and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  • Jason Stephenitch Nov 13, 2009

    As far as stuffing the turkey with all the goodies we've come to expect and love, again, I don't think it should be too much of an issue. It should all fit...A little tightly at first, but it should all settle once it really starts to cook. I always lay aluminum foil down on the bottom of my roaster as well, to collect the drippings and slow the tendancy for scorching on the bottom of the pan. (Though I'm probably preaching to the choir on that one...)



    As far as cooking time, I would follow the usual instructions on the label and watch for the turkey timer to pop up. I've found though that in my roaster, I've had to cook it in a shorter time period than that of the directions because the heat seems to be more contained and consistant in the roaster as long as the cover isn't removed constantly. I only remove it once in a while to baste and check it, just like in an oven, but convincing others in my household to stop trying to see the beautiful source of Thanksgiving-like smells may be an act in futility. Good luck with that one! ;)



    I hope that answers your questions and please let me know if you need any further assistance! :)



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