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Nov 22, 2010 02:47 PM

Quick Heritage Turkey Question

I have tried to search past posts and couldn't find an answer to this question. I am going to be cooking a heritage turkey this year and have had really good results in the past with cooking turkey quickly and at a high temperature (425-450). I would also like to do a butter rub on and under the skin of the bird. My question is, can you combine both of these things without having the butter burn or the skin of the bird burn? I appreciate the help and happy turkey day!

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  1. Butter will definitely burn if it gets above 250 degrees Fahrenheit (about 121 C) but that doesn't mean it will burn in a very hot oven. Keep in mind that the oven temperature and the meat surface temperature are not the same. I would expect that butter rubbed under the turkey skin would be less likely to burn than the butter that is actually on the skin's surface but you could be almost absolutely certain that any butter dripping into the roasting pan that wasn't well combined with other liquid ingredients would burn. It's the temperature of the butter, not the temperature of the oven, that determines whether or not the butter will burn.

    1. I rub butter on all my birds all the time. No problems at any roasting termperature, but the suggestion about other liquid in the pan is good unless your bird starts dripping juices fast enougnt.

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      1. re: RGC1982

        Thanks for the replies. Seems like butter under the skin and a little stock in the bottom of the pan are the way to go.

      2. Where did you get your heritage turkey from? I bought a couple a few years from a supplier from Enderby but have been unable to locate one.