Freezer to Oven – Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey

Written by Diana - November 17, 2008 11 Comments

 Oven_Ready_Homestyle_Whole_Turkey When I told my husband that they wanted us to try out a Thanksgiving turkey, my poultry loving husband’s response was "Do It, Do it, Do it!!" So we did it.   Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Turkey goes from the freezer to the oven without thawing.  You open the outer pouch, pull out the turkey which is inside a roasting bag, make 6 slits , put it into the roasting pan and stick it into the oven.  The turkey cooking time is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours. When the pop up thermometer pops up, it’s ready.  No muss, no fuss.  No rinsing, no thawing, no brining turkey.  It’s pre seasoned, pre basted, pre brined, pre bagged,  pre whatevered. 

The turkey was about 12 lbs, and for the three of us, it was a decent size.  Especially since turkey leftovers are half the fun.  We did it according to the directions, left to run a few errands, came home and the turkey was perfectly done( my son was home in case we were late) .  You’ll never have to worry about the darned giblet bag because there isn’t one.  There is however, a gravy bag which you pour out into a pan, heat up and use with your turkey if you so desire. 

How did it taste?  It was moist and tender and good. The only real drawback is that you can’t stuff it.  I am not a stuffer.  I make the stuffing with the turkey broth and bake it for a side dish, so I guess that’s not a drawback for me. The Jennie-O Turkeys in our grocery store  were in a freezer case away from most of the meats and in with the prepared frozen foods and you might have to search for them.

Oh, and my husband thinks you should take a look at their ads on their website.  He thinks they’re funny.

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11 Outstanding Responses to "Freezer to Oven – Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey"

    Robyns Online World on November 17, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Thanks for the nice review on this, I was curious about them as a backup for this Thanksgiving. My hubby and brother have decided to deep fry a turkey. Brother has done before, but who knows what may happen with the 2 of them together that day LOL. Plus it seems more and more people are being added to the guest list each day. I was thinking I may want a backup “extra” turkey and this might be the ticket since it’s so simple. I’ve already got all the sides to make which takes up so much time.

    Diana on November 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I have never deep fried anything, so I don’t think my first experience will be a turkey, that would be pushing it. The Jennie-O was the easiest turkey preparation I ever did and I’ve made quite a few turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving.

    Nate on November 17, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    It’s pretty cool that they make roasting a whole turkey so simple. Was the skin all nice, crispy and brown?

    Diana on November 17, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Because it was in the bag, it wasn’t too crispy, but it was nice and brown. I have a picture of half a turkey carcas that I was going to put up so people could see. I think you could pull back the bag and crisp it up for a minute or two before serving. The big family Thanksgiving is never at my house, but my family loves it, so we end up cooking and having one anyway because we feel cheated without leftovers to make lots of different turkey things with. This was great to have, and we used the turkey in the morning for a crustless quiche and then had turkey leftovers with gravy for dinner. on January 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I bought the turkey breast, which comes with a gravy packet. But NO WHERE does it say if you keep the gravy bag in the oven (it was FIRMLY ATTACHED to the turkey bag). I had no choice but to include it in with the turkey bag. But halfway through I took it out, concerned the plastic would melt.
    It sure would be helpful if directions came as to what to do with the gravy pack!!!!!

    holly on November 27, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    i had bought a turkey that you put in the oven from frozen…It is 16-17 pounds and would like to know at what temp and for how long do i cook it for. Thank You

    Diana on November 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Sorry I didn’t get right back to you. I was busy last night, and didn’t see it.
    Here are some cooking instructions:

    Cooking Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 375 °F.
    Remove frozen turkey from white outer package.
    Do not remove turkey from FOOL PROOF. cooking bag.
    Place in a roasting pan with at least 2″ high sides.
    Note – Do not increase oven temperature, cooking bag may melt at higher temperatures.
    Cut six 1/2 inch slits in top of FOOL PROOF. cooking bag.
    Pull bag up and away from turkey, to release vacuum.
    Place pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand without touching the oven racks or walls.
    Roast the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the breast reaches 170°F.
    Note – Meat temperature increases rapidly during last hour of cooking.
    Let turkey rest 15 minutes, cut open top of oven bag.
    Watch out for hot steam and juices.
    Heat gravy as directed on pouch.

    11-12 lbs 4-1/4 to 4-1/2 hours.
    12-13 lbs 4-1/2 to 5 hours.

    Since yours is about 16 lbs – it’s probably closer to 6 – 6 1/2 hours?

    – See more at:

    Ally pirenian on December 16, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I have used the
    Jenny Os for the last 3thanksgivings. They have been perfect ever year and easy, no fuss no muss. I cook two at a time since they are 12pounds and I have around 18 people. But this year it was hard to find them. I hope they are not stopping production.

    Diana on December 17, 2013 at 11:28 pm


    I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything about stopping production. I hope you can find them when you need them. They are easy, no fuss, no muss and there are just times you need a little help.


    Bette on November 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I have a 3lb boneless frozen jennie o turkey breast can I cook it in the Nu Wave oven this thanksgiving. Thank you for your help.

    Diana on November 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm


    I’ve never tried it. Here’s a link to Turkey 101 on the NuWave site. Just a Turkey Breast sounds like it would work, but a bigger size might depend on the NuWave Model type, and extender rings.


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