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Old 11-26-2009, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default Y'all cooler your turkeys?

Been reading lots of turkey posts about times, temps & weights. But not a lot of talk about resting them in the cooler. To be honest, I'd prefer to rest it a while just for the flexibility in serving time. (My sister-in-law's yams will hose me no matter what time I start the birds...)

Is there a down side to resting a turkey in the cooler?
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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My first throught is that your skin may not stay crispy. Like holding fried chicken... hard to do. I'd tent it and let it rest for 30 minutes or so.
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:03 AM   #3
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:51 AM   #4
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Gotta agree with Plowboy.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:57 AM   #5
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:25 AM   #6
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"Tent it" loosley with a sheet of Aluminum foil for 30 minutes to 1 hour; before
carving it. This will keep it hot...while allowing the steam to escape.

This way the skin should stay "Crisp".
If you cooler it....the skin will become soft and rubbery.
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:30 AM   #7
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I had to cooler mine yesterday for transport. I wrapped two bricks in foil, heated them on the gasser to about 200 F. Put some towels in the bottom of the cooler, then the hot bricks, more towels, turkey in a pan tented with foil. Only in there about an hour. Everything was great except the skin. Grillman and Plowboy are right about the skin.
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Old 11-26-2009, 10:14 AM   #8
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normally no, just tent loosely with foil for 1/2 hour. this year, i gotta take the smoked bird to my sisters house, 35 minute drive so will go in cooler but not covered with towels etc. just foil

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