To cook my turkey in the slow cooker?
turkeymaster · 24/12/2019 11:21
Long story short... My oven caught fire yesterday (of course) and now I'm wondering about cooking my turkey in the slow cooker...
I've hunted online for methods but there are mixed opinions and I'm not sure what's best to do...
How long would you cook a 3.5kg turkey in the slow cooker and on what setting? High low or medium
TheSandgroper · 24/12/2019 12:03
How much turkey will you use? A sharp knife and some strong scissors will see it jointed and that might work better than trying to fit a whole turkey in. The rest can go into the freezer.
A weber kettle should fit it (to wit see me tomorrow am). A covered gas bbq might fit but I don’t know about the fuel use.
GruciusMalfoy · 24/12/2019 12:09
You can do it, I've done a chicken and it tasted nice, wasn't at all dry, but it doesn't look as nice as oven roasted does. No idea about timings, sorry, my slow cooker has a metal insert (it's one of those searing ones) and cooks quicker than most slow cookers.
ForeverBubblegum · 24/12/2019 12:22
If you can fit it in, I don't see why not. We do chicken in ours, and it comes out fine. For chicken I cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours high if I forget to sort it out first thing, but that's not as tender. Turkey will need a long time, I'd guess at least 8 hours, so maybe use a plug timer to turn slow cooker on early.
possumgoddess · 24/12/2019 12:47
I've done a boned and rolled turkey in the slow cooker and it came out fine, actually very juicy and there were loads of juices left to make the gravy with. The skin is retrospectively but if you dont use that you will be fine. I had a huge turkey but boned and rolled it took up less space and I have a very large slow cooker anyway. I think I basically put it on just before I went to bed on high, then turned it down to low and left it there until it was time to take it out but we eat at 1.00.
Shesellsseashellsontheseashore · 24/12/2019 13:05
I always cook my chicken in the slow cooker, I don't add any liquid just put it in, the meat is so tender and just falls apart.
I know you don't have an oven currently, but for others talking about the chicken being pale etc. I just put mine in the oven for half an hour whilst I'm cooking veg etc. Crisps and browns the skin up nicely.
turkeymaster · 24/12/2019 13:09
Thanks all, I'm gonna give it a go, it's not a huge turkey so will fit and then I'll do what @Shesellsseashellsontheseashore suggests and grill the top to get it brown... my grill still works and the over heats from the bottom but it's just not effective.
So maybe I'll do 7h on high?
Palavah · 24/12/2019 16:34
If you can't fit the turkey under the grill to brown it, can you hide the pasty skin by grilling the bacon separately (curved over something to be the right shape) and then stick that over the top? Our roast turkey normally comes to the table covered in bacon anyway....
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