My first Thanksgiving was a memorable one, and for many years I did not even attempt to cook a turkey on Thanksgiving. We had pizza, lasagna, and turkey cooked by others, but I didn’t want to spend all day on another disaster.
Then I discovered oven bags. I love these little things! They are relatively inexpensive and if you only cook one turkey a year, the last for quite a while. Once I tried oven bags I never went back, you get a perfect turkey every time.
It is so simple to cook a turkey using an oven bag. Preheat the oven, add a tablespoon of flour to the bag, place bag in the pan, and place turkey in the bag and bake according to the chart on your turkey.
I have been using oven bags for several years and I have never made a bad turkey ( I give all the credit to the bag- big birds still scare me!).
Another quick tip- If you have 20 pounds of potatoes to wash for your Thanksgiving meal throw them in the top shelf of the dishwasher. Set on the quick rinse cycle and let your dishwasher clean the potatoes. Not something I would do every day, but definitely a space and time saver during the holidays.