A beautifully browned turkey that is succulent and delicious is the star of the Thanksgiving meal. Browse through different Thanksgiving recipes online to find ones that suit your cooking needs. Have essential holiday cookware like roasting pans at hand before you start on your turkey. Here are some tips and tricks to roast the perfect turkey.

Step One: Choosing the Turkey and Cookware
Choose an organic turkey for a healthful Thanksgiving feast. These turkeys are raised on organic grain so the meat is free of chemicals and pesticides. Calculate 1 to 1 1/4 pounds of turkey per person to determine the size of your bird. If you have invited 10 people, opt for a 12 to 14-pound turkey to ensure generous portions for all your guests.

The size of the roasting pans needed for the Thanksgiving meal depends on the size of your bird. For a 10-pound bird, opt for a small roaster while large birds weighing about 18 to 20 pounds need large roasting pans. Selecting the right-sized pan is important to properly roast the turkey. A pan that is too small won't be able to fit the turkey while an oversized pan may lead to the burning of the meat juices. To make different Thanksgiving recipes and classic holiday dishes, have roasting pans of different sizes at hand. 

Step Two: Roasting
The roasting time for the turkey will depend on the size of the bird. A 20-pound-turkey can take up to four hours to cook so when you are browsing through Thanksgiving recipes online, factor in the roasting time based on the size of your turkey. The cooking time will also depend on whether you are using a fresh or frozen turkey. Look for Thanksgiving recipes that give specific instructions on defrosting as this is an important step of the cooking process.

To brown the turkey beautifully, brush it with vermouth just before taking it out of the oven. The sugar in the alcohol helps to develop the rich brown color. 

Step Three: Serving
Take the turkey out of the roasting pan and serve it on a serving platter. This makes carving and serving a lot easier. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes after taking it out of the oven to allow the juices to be absorbed. If you are making a stuffed turkey, remove the stuffing before serving the turkey to make carving easy.