This actually happened to a friend of ours last year: she had cleaned out the turkey, had rubbed it with marinade, and was ready to put it in the oven when she realized that she had a roasting pan but no rack!
This is a fairly essential piece of equipment for lifting the bird away from the direct heat of the pan and allowing hot air to circulate underneath.
If you find yourself without a "real" roasting rack with hours to go before dinner, here's a quick DIY to the rescue!
We first spotted this solution in Saveur magazine in their December issue from last year, but forgot about it until now.
They suggest taking a few sheets of tin foil and scrunch them into a long rope. Then coil the rope into a spiral (as shown above). The turkey is then cradled just above the surface of the pan - allowing it to cook and brown evenly.
We also think it's a good idea to spray the foil with non-stick cooking spray before hand. No one wants bits of foil to adhered to their drumstick!
Has anyone ever tried doing this?
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(Image: Saveur Magazine)