Can my oven make the perfect turkey?

November 25, 2009 | By | Comments (0)

As part of my seemingly ongoing kitchen remodel, we upgraded to a new Electrolux wall oven. One of the features I have been most looking forward to using on this new oven is the "Perfect Turkey" button which, according to the literature, "ensures moist, delicious poultry every time. Imagine stress-free holiday cooking."

How does it do it? Again, according to the web site, I place the oven's temperature probe into the thickest part of the turkey's thigh, then place in a cold oven, press start and, 180 degrees later (ta-da) take out  the "perfect turkey."

The problem is, this is exactly opposite of the advice I found from one of my food-crushes, Alton Brown. According to Mr. Brown on his show Good Eats, I should cook the turkey in a super hot oven (500 degrees) for 30 minutes, cover the white meat with aluminum foil, then complete cooking at 350 degrees. (Check out the video below for details).

So the question is, as I prepare to feed 10 people Thanksgiving dinner – should I trust my oven, or Alton Brown, to cook the perfect turkey?