Need I invest in a heavy-duty turkey pan, or will a cheap aluminum foil pan do?

I am baking a large turkey in the oven. For Thanksgiving.

In the past , I have had issues with the aluminum foil pans catching a hole or puncture in the bottom and all of my essential broth leaking out into the oven.

Can I double 2 of the aluminum foil pans ?

Or need I buy one of the oval pans which had a lid?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    You could double the aluminum pans if you want. 

    But if you cook a lot a roasting pan is a good investment.  It does not have to be a super expensive one you can get one in the $25.00 range (Bed Bath and Beyond along with a coupon) Or better yet a resale store would be a great place to get one. 

    Don't need one with a lid, I have never roasted a turkey in a pan and put a lid on it. 

    If the pan comes with a rack that is great but you can make a "rack" with a length of aluminum foil that you coil up into a snake shape or lay 5 or so carrots on the bottom of the pan to put the turkey on. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Thrift stores might have a real one that will  last for years at an affordable price or just buy a new one. It’s a waste of money to buy  throw away pans. Besides you can cook other foods in it whenever. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes you can double up on the pans.Since this is something you seem to use only once a year I would go with the foil.

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  • art
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    4 weeks ago

    just use two foil pans - makes the cleanup afterwards easier

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Use two and try putting it on a cookie sheet

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I would invest in a baking pan if the turkey is something you cook every year.

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  • IvaB
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Every cook worth their salt (ha) should own a roasting pan imo.It has so many uses besides turkey.Prices are pretty cheap too,if you shop around.I definitely think you should consider buying one.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Have you got a baking sheet, the kind with raised edges? Put the foil pan on that. Obviously, a foil pan 'will do', since you and probably millions of other people have used them. It's up to you to decide if you want a real roasting pan or not.

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  • Dimo
    Lv 5
    4 weeks ago

    Are you going to be cooking in the future?  You can buy a new 18" roasting pan/lid for $22 (amazon) or you can buy five foil pans that might work.

    It took me a couple of decades to learn, but life is a LOT easier when you have the correct tools.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Turkeys are heavy and I strongly recommend you invest in a big roasting pan.

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