Butterball Canada Makes it Easy | Making a Cooking Whiz from a Kitchen Turkey!

Last Updated: October 12, 2020

When Butterball decided they liked my last post enough to order up a second helping (and yes, please expect many turkey and Thanksgiving puns from here on in), I was game for pretty much anything they wanted to try. The last time we’d danced, I wound up hanging with Team Andretti as we watched all manner of vehicle drive ludicrously fast down by Exhibition place. As a parent, husband and homeowner, it can be tough to find the time for hitting events, but when they’re cool enough, you make time.

Which is all a roundabout way of saying a courier caught me by surprise when he showed up at my door with a 6-kilo turkey to hand over!

So, context. In the nearly 8 years we’ve been together, Sarah and I have tried to cook a turkey but once, so put off by the disastrous result that we never tried again. An undercooked bird, a handful of tantrums and a hazy period where I went vegetarian for a bit purely out of spite later, it’s a task I put squarely out of mind until one point in the future where either set of parents decided they no longer wanted to host family dinners and tasked the kids to do it*.

But a big part of holidays is about family, and now with one of my own, it’d probably be for the best if I learned a thing or two about putting a holiday spread together — I mean, it’s the least I could do for the people who’ve put up with me this long, right?

So Butterball Stuffed Turkey in hand, I started following the directions located conveniently online and the handy Turkey Calculator to get this turkey cooking! I mean, it’s as easy as this:



  • Preheat oven to 325°F/165°C.
  • Before removing the bag, place the turkey under warm running water for one minute.
  • Remove the bag.
  • Remove the neck and giblets from the underside of the turkey.
  • Place the frozen turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  • Brush the skin with vegetable oil to prevent drying.
  • Shield the neck area and exposed stuffing with foil to prevent overcooking.
  • Roast according to the time listed on the roasting chart.
  • Loosely cover with foil after 5 hours to ensure even cooking throughout.
  • Check for doneness with a meat thermometer.
  • Consider the turkey done when the thigh temperature is 180°F/82°C and the centre of the stuffing is 165°F/74°C.

One thing I found interesting was the turkey lifter included in the bag, a string and plastic contraption that you’d think would melt with the heat of the oven, but is surprisingly 100% oven-safe!

Bird out of the bag, neck and giblets removed, skin brushed with vegetable oil, and the neck cavity and exposed stuffing covered with aluminum foil to protect them from overcooking, it was time to set it and forget it, heading into the world of household chores, parenting and swimming lessons awaiting me elsewhere!

The Verdict — CAN Casey Cook???

So as Murphy’s Law would have it, despite how easy the Butterball Stuffed Turkey is to prepare, I still found a way to mess it up, but nothing some additional time in the oven wouldn’t fix! There was plenty to go around, including enough for turkey pot pie, turkey stock, and other dishes that’ll last us a while!

But what went wrong? I followed the instructions to the tee… or so I thought!

Here’s some advice — when preparing food, always follow the instructions on the package. Sarah found a crucial step I’d managed to overlook — turkeys prepared in a shiny pan will take longer to cook.

We got a delicious turkey pot pie out of it, so #winning… right?

The Butterball Canada website is full of great tools. Still, I guess I can’t expect to become an expert turkey chef overnight, preparing gobblers for even the most trying family get-togethers in my future.

I should’ve called the Butterball Turkey Talk Line to help me fix this, but all’s well that ends well!

So yes — Butterball’s Stuffed Turkey is definitely an easy way to get a deliciously juicy bird for your festive needs, without the fuss and muss of your standard holiday offerings, but make sure you read everything — and I mean everything that comes with it! You want to get it as right as you can so your guests leave every meal with rave reviews!

Don’t Be a Jive Turkey — Do Your Thanksgiving RIGHT!

So would I try the Butterball Stuffed Turkey again if given a chance?


It really is a straightforward way to tackle a cooking chore that’s usually laborious and time-consuming — you need to recognize that with the wide spectrum of ovens, turkey sizes and roasting pans available, like with any cooking, you’ll need to learn to adjust accordingly to your situation.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently, neither are gourmet chefs.

If you’re looking to make the entire ordeal of hosting Thanksgiving dinner a little easier, the Butterball Stuffed Turkey is definitely what’s up! And hey — if you want to make it even easier for yourself, 5 lucky readers will win a $10 Butterball gift certificate to make their Thanksgivings even better! All you need to do is retweet the tweet below! Contest ends Sunday, October 11th at 11:59 PM ET!

As for me, I’m going to leave Thanksgiving to the experts and let my parents show me how you really throw down for a family get-together!

But if some Butterball Stuffed Turkeys make their way there, well… I don’t think anyone will complain!

May Butterball help you drop complicated Thanksgivings cold turkey,

–case p.

*Note: It may happen sooner than later, to be honest—my Mom’s insinuated that either of her daughters-in-law can take up the mantle and host… but neither’s in a rush to take up her offer. 😂


Disclaimer: While compensated for this post, honesty’s always my best policy, and this turkey would’ve been amazing were my pan not so shiny! But don’t let that deter you — Butterball’s a brand I’m standing behind, with turkey that’ll take you from zero to hero with even the peskiest palates!

For more information on Butterball Canada and the magic they can make in your kitchen, you can visit their website or their social media offerings on Facebook and Twitter!

And I’m sure I’ll get in the kitchen again and try my hand at turkey — I mean, I can’t be horrible at it forever, right? Until then, you can still find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

By Casey E. Palmer

Calling the Great White North his home, Casey‘s spent the last few decades in pursuit of creating killer content. From novels as a kid, comics as a teen, to blogs and photos once he could grow a beard, he’ll use whatever’s around him to create amazing stuff.

When he’s not creating, he’s parenting, exploring and trying to make life as awesome as possible for everyone around him.

Because a boring life’s not a life worth living!

11 replies on “Butterball Canada Makes it Easy | Making a Cooking Whiz from a Kitchen Turkey!”

Thanks, Maggie 🙂 It’s something so few people know! Even my mother-in-law — who’s totally won cooking and baking competitions — didn’t know that, so I figured why not talk about it?

Always appreciate the comments! Have a great one 😀

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