Can you boil a turkey

In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you boil a turkey?” We will also discuss what are the basic steps to boil a turkey and how to perfectly boil a whole turkey and turkey parts.

Can you boil a turkey?

Yes, you can boil a turkey in just a few steps so that you will eventually get a moist, juicy, and tasty bird that is full of flavor.

Boiling a turkey is among the fastest and easiest ways to cook turkey and enjoy this delicious healthy and nourishing food as a main dish, or as an ingredient in several savory food recipes such as soup, stew, dips, purees, enchiladas, risotto, and lasagna.

If it is your first time boiling a whole turkey or turkey parts, don’t worry we are here to support you and guide you with clear step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly boil each type of turkey and still enjoy its incredible flavor and numerous health benefits with your family and loved ones. 

What are the basic steps to properly boil a turkey?

In this section, we will share with you step-by-step instructions on how to perfectly boil a turkey, but to make things clear we will differentiate between boiling a whole turkey and boiling turkey parts

How can you boil a whole turkey?

  • Take the turkey out of the fridge, unwrap the fresh turkey 
  • Defrost the frozen turkey and follow the instructions and cooking time mentioned on the wrapper
  • Avoid washing your raw turkey or else you will be spreading the bacteria all over the place and contaminating your kitchen, do not worry all pathogenic bacteria will be destroyed by heat during boiling.
  • slice by using a sharp knife a few long slits into the turkey breasts, thighs, and legs.
  • Use a large pot so that the turkey will fill it halfway at most
  • Add salt, onions, carrots, peppercorns, and celery to the boiling pot
  • Add seasonings and/or fresh herbs to the mixture
  • Pour enough water to cover the turkey completely
  • Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat, then let the turkey cook for about 2 hours
  • After this time and once the water is  boiling reduce the heat to a low simmer
  • Use a skimmer to remove the brown froth that rises to the surface as needed
  • Test the doneness of your turkey by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh where it must read 165°F, if not keep boiling for another 30 minutes and then check again.
  • Remove the boiled whole turkey once it is well cooked to a carving board 
  • Let the turkey cool for several minutes
  • use a knife to slice, shred or chop your turkey then serve 
  • Bon appetite

How can you boil the turkey part?

Boiling turkey parts is much faster than boiling the whole bird and saves you a lot of time, besides it will allow you to use a smaller pot  to cook, so here are the steps that you should follow:

  • Defrost a frozen turkey and follow the instructions and cooking time mentioned on the wrapper
  • Avoid washing your raw turkey or else you will be spreading the bacteria all over the place and contaminating your kitchen, do not worry all pathogenic bacteria will be destroyed by heat during boiling.
  • Cut by using a sharp knife the turkey into parts wings, breasts, thighs, and legs
  • Use a large pot so that the turkey will fill it halfway at most
  • Add salt, onions, carrots, peppercorns, and celery to the boiling pot
  • Add seasonings and/or fresh herbs to the mixture
  • Pour enough water to cover the turkey parts completely
  • Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high heat, then let the turkey parts cook for about 1-2 hours according to their size
  • After this time and once the water is  boiling reduce the heat to a low simmer
  • Use a skimmer to remove the brown froth that rises to the surface as needed
  • Test the doneness of your turkey parts by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh where it must read 165°F, if not keep boiling for another 30 minutes and then check again.
  • Remove the boiled whole turkey once it is well cooked to a carving board 
  • Serve hot as a side dish next to potatoes, rice, salad…
  • Bon appetite

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Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you boil a turkey?” We have also discussed what are the basic steps to boil a turkey and how to perfectly boil a whole turkey and turkey parts.

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

References

https://www.ehow.com/way_5241090_cooking-time-boiled-turkey.html

https://www.boilingtime.com/paultry-turkey-meat

https://en.timeboil.ru/meat/turkey/

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.