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Slow cooked turkey crown recipe help

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natureplantar101 Tue 16-Dec-14 02:11:20

Planning on putting the turkey crown in the slow cooker this year so it isnt all dried up and nasty like turkey usually is but not sure what to cook it in was thinking a nice stock some onion and veg to flavor it and maybe some naice bacon over the top and leaving the top uncovered to crisp and brown ?? any other idea i may have missed

LucidCamel Tue 16-Dec-14 02:41:50

It won't crisp and brown in a slow cooker. Also, longer cooking time for something like turkey means longer time for drying out. I absolutely recommend this There is a reason it is food's highest ever rated recipe.

natureplantar101 Tue 16-Dec-14 04:59:58

well no you take it out and brown it in the oven after also that recipe is American i dont know what any of it means

LucidCamel Wed 17-Dec-14 01:15:32

Slow cooking melts gelatin and other interconnective tissue in otherwise tough (not dry) meat by allowing it to melt without scorching the muscle around it. Turkey isn't like that, it has a higher fat content than most red meat but less connective tissue. Slow cooking it will dry out the meat and render out the fat. To then try to brown it in the oven will compound the problem. Honestly, unless your slow cooker is a sous vide machine, I really think this is a bad idea.

What would you like translated from the link?

hoppus Wed 17-Dec-14 07:52:21

Well I’m slow cooking my turkey, I slow cook chicken so it makes sense to me and frees up space in my tiny oven. I’m sitting it on a chopped onion with a splash of stock, then will use the juice for gravy. The same as chicken basically. We discard the skin though, if you are wanting a crispy skin it won’t happen in a slow cooker, but on the other hand I think putting it in the oven at the end will dry it out

gamerchick Wed 17-Dec-14 07:55:23

I really wouldn't slow cook turkey.

I do my turkeys in a turkey roasting bag so it's still cooking in its own juices. Would that not work?

Betrayedbutsurvived Wed 17-Dec-14 08:04:37

Turkey, like chicken, comes out of the slow cooker beautifully moist, the only problem is it is literally falling apart, so browning it afterwards really doesn't work despite what the American recipes say. As a PP says, an onion, a bit of stock, or I've used butter, maybe some herbs and away you go.

BuilderMammy Wed 17-Dec-14 08:29:07

I'm binding the breasts into a porchetta arrangement and sous viding them, and putting the skin in the oven separately to make crackling. There's no way you'll get crisp skin if you slow cook it.

Having done a chicken in the slow cooker before, there's no way I'd subject my christmas turkey to that, even if I could live with flabby pale skin. I don't like what it does to poultry at all.

NorwaySpruce Wed 17-Dec-14 08:38:43

I wouldn't have thought a slow cooker the ideal way to cook a turkey, especially, as pp said, if you want to crisp, brown, and carve it as you would a roast turkey.

I an dying to hear what you find so difficult to understand in the American recipe though, what with it being written in perfectly good English and all fgrin

PinkOboe Wed 17-Dec-14 08:56:35

I'd wondered about taking off the legs and slow cooking them (but how?) and then the rest wouldn't need long in the oven and wouldn't dry out eating for the chunky legs to cook

This seems sensible but I've no idea how to do either. I've never cooked a turkey before (helpful)

PinkOboe Wed 17-Dec-14 08:57:08

Waiting for the legs. Not eating

HellKitty Wed 17-Dec-14 09:03:59

I'm with the poster about the roasting bag. It's never gone wrong with a roasting bag. A crown doesn't take up much room in the oven and I tend to take mine out where it sits for about half an hour while I throw other stuff in the oven. We haven't died of food poisoning yet!

bilbodog Wed 17-Dec-14 10:55:23

if you are using the slow cooker can you brown the turkey first in a large frying pan to get some colour on it and then put it in the slow cooker? I have slow cooked both chicken and turkeys in my Aga before now - and they are always good.

natureplantar101 Wed 17-Dec-14 17:21:52

I don't know what a Fahrenheit is I use Celsius as im british and this is a british site also not sure what those ingredients are we have decided to roast the turkey and slow cook the beef instead grin

NorwaySpruce Wed 17-Dec-14 17:37:01

Well now, there's a ringing endorsement of the British education system confused

LucidCamel Thu 18-Dec-14 03:21:16

we have decided to roast the turkey and slow cook the beef instead

Well I hope you have a lovely delicious merry christmas, everyone.

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