Should you put water in turkey roasting pan?
Also asked, do you put water in the bottom of the roasting pan?
Adding water to the bottom of the roaster oven before cooking defeats the purpose of the unit, as its function is to roast, not steam, the food. During cooking, juices released by the bird or roast drip to the bottom of the cooking pan and are recycled as they travel up and around during the evaporation process.
Similarly, how much water do you add when cooking a turkey? If you roasted a 12-pound turkey, use 3 cups of water and 1/3 cup of tapioca starch or flour to make the gravy. For a 16-pound turkey use 4 cups of water and ½ cup of tapioca starch or flour to make the gravy.
Also to know is, should I put liquid in the bottom of my turkey roasting pan?
Place on the bottom of your roasting pan. Place the turkey, breast-side up on top of the vegetables. Add about a half-inch of liquid (water or stock) to the roasting pan. This will keep the oven moist, and the turkey juicy.
Is it better to cook a turkey covered or uncovered?
A: The Butterball folks recommend cooking the turkey uncovered in a roasting pan. If you put foil on the breast, remove it about 30-45 minutes before the turkey is done to allow the breast to brown.