Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Turkey cooking times

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place the whole turkey on a rack in a roasting pan
Cook times are based on weight of the bird and whether is is stuffed or not.

Turkey is 10 to 18 pounds
Unstuffed: 3 to 3-1/2 hours
Stuffed: 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours

Turkey is 18 to 22 pounds
Unstuffed:3-1/2 to 4 hours
Stuffed: 4-1/2 to 5 hours

Turkey is 22 to 24 pounds
Unstuffed: 4 to 4-1/2 hours
Stuffed: 5 to 5-1/2 hours

Turkey is 24 to 29 pounds
Unstuffed: 4-1/2 to 5 hours
Stuffed: 5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours

The only safe test for doneness is the temperature of the meat. When the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees F, the turkey is done and safe to eat. In order to get a correct reading, the thermometer cannot be touching the bone. If your turkey has been stuffed, it is important to check the temperature of the dressing; it should be 165 degrees F.

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