Thanksgiving Midnight Prep

Minnesota Crock Pot Cooking

I grew up in Minnesota and I wanted to return to our way of cooking this year.  My family decided to spend 2020 Thanksgiving apart to keep everyone safer and healthier this year, and I have to admit that I miss my mom’s cooking.

Living in the land of 10,000 casseroles and crock pot recipes, I used my google search engine to look up videos and new recipes.  I have a 10 lb. turkey and I don’t know if this will work but what do I have to lose, we aren’t having visitors.

I took out my turkey Saturday afternoon to thaw in a large bowl in the refrigerator for the past few days.  Near the stroke of midnight, I took out my bird and cleaned it.  There was debate online whether or not place breast up or down.  I flipped a coin and placed it down in the crock pot.  

The bottom of the crock pot was coated with a drizzle or half cup of chicken stock, a brown gravy packet, salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, poultry seasoning, onion powder, and a pat of butter.  I whisked the mixture before I placed the turkey breast down.  Looking at other results, you don’t need a lot of liquid because the turkey will make it’s own juices.

Over the top of the turkey, I repeated the same seasoning mixture.  I melted the butter off to the side and mixed in minced garlic (Korean Heritage – and yes I use scissors a lot).  My turkey will cook down and it was a little big in my Hamilton Beach Crock Pot (link is for the exact model).  I covered the overflow with foil and put on the lid because it will cook down.

Following the cooking time for other recipes, I set on high for 1 hour.  After an hour, I removed the foil and reset for another 7 hours.  Other crock pot enthusiasts didn’t baste as the turkey cooked, and that’s the beauty of slow cooking. 

I’m headed to bed and I’ll let you know the results tomorrow.

~Yoon Ju

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Temperatures – I followed turkey breast instructions at

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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