How To Cook a Turkey To Perfection

Cooking Your Turkey To Perfection

The size of the actual turkey, the weight of the bird, the moisture written content, the temperature of the actual turkey when it goes in the oven, the cooking temperature, loss of oven heat caused by opening the oven front door, incorrect temperature caused with the oven thermostat, will all effect the turkey cooking temperature and time. When you move the cooking process to the grill in the backyard, the factors include outdoor temperature, wind flow, and other aspects such as the cooking method and personal cooker. So how long to cook a turkey doesn't have an exact answer. There is a selection of times when it is likely to be done. To help manage some variables, use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven's temperature is correct and always use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature of the turkey itself. The final temperature with the bird, after resting for 15 to 20 minutes should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature will still rise 5 to 10 degrees after the turkey is removed in the oven or grill. Roasting times vary in accordance with the size of the bird but you won't be able to check the temperature if you don't have a cooking thermometer.  


Approximate Roasting Times for Turkey

Cook the Turkey at an oven temperature of at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit or more, never below. Weight: 8-10 lbs. – will serve 6-10 men and women, with leftovers Unstuffed: 2 3/4 to 3 hours Stuffed: 3 to 3 1/2 hours Weight: 12-14 lbs. - will serve 10 - 14 people today, with leftovers Unstuffed: 3 to 3 3/4 hours Stuffed: 3 1/2 to 4 hours   Weight: 15-20 lbs. - will serves as 15 - 20 individuals, with leftovers Unstuffed: 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours Stuffed: 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours


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