Turkey Cooking Times & Temperatures: How to Tell If It’s Done

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Get the cooking times and temperatures for your Thanksgiving turkey, per pound so that you know how to tell if your turkey is done.

Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 28, 2019, this year and now it’s time to share your delicious turkey dinner with friends and family, should you choose to go the traditional route for the holiday. And, with poultry, making sure your bird is cooked all the way through is very important. Consuming raw turkey can make one sick.

Read on below for cooking times per pound of a full turkey, as well as for smaller meals like just a turkey breast.


Turkey Cooking Temperatures

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Please remember that the below times are for cooking your turkey at an oven temperature of 325 degrees. As a general reminder, you should always test your turkey with a thermometer and cook to a minimum temperature of 165 degrees.

Williams Sonoma reported that you should take your turkey out of the oven when the thermometer registers between three and four degrees below the minimum cooking time. This will help make sure that your turkey retains the maximum amount of moisture, to keep from drying out. If you have a digital thermometer and are able to preset the time, it may make your cooking experience a little easier. You can simply set your desired temperature and wait for the alarm to sound once the turkey reaches the set degree.


Turkey Breasts Cooking Times

Rachael Ray Makes a Quick Roasted Turkey Breast and Gravy | Food NetworkTurkey dinner in less than an hour? Yes, if you roast only the breasts. Have you downloaded the new Food Network Kitchen app yet? With up to 25 interactive LIVE classes every week and over 80,000 recipes from your favorite chefs, it's a kitchen game-changer. Download it today: http://food-network.app.link/download Subscribe to Food Network: https://foodtv.com/2WXIIWZ Get the recipe: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/herb-roasted-turkey-breast-with-pan-gravy-recipe-2268617 Herb Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy RECIPE COURTESY OF RACHAEL RAY Ingredients 1 small (golf-ball sized) onion, peeled and coarsely chopped 1 lemon, scrubbed clean 12 fresh sage leaves Large handful fresh flat-leaf parsley (about 1/2 cup, from 12 stems) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling pan 1 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed 6 fresh bay leaves 4 tablespoons butter 2 boneless turkey breast halves, skin on (about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds each) Freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cup apple or regular brandy (recommended: Calvados) 2 to 3 cups apple cider Salt and pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Oil a roasting pan and set it aside. Put the onion into the bowl of a mini food processor. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the lemon in thin strips, being careful not to cut into the bitter white pith. Add the lemon zest to the food processor and reserve the whole lemon for another use. Chop the onion and lemon zest until fine. Add the sage, parsley, olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt and pulse until it forms a coarse paste. Put 2 of the bay leaves and the butter into a small pan and heat over medium-low heat until the butter is bubbling. Remove from the heat and set aside. Put the turkey breasts on a work surface. Carefully run your fingers between the skin and the flesh from 1 end, being careful not to pull it completely off, creating a pocket. Season the turkey breasts generously with salt and pepper. Stuff half of the herb paste under the skin of each breast, and spread it evenly under the skin. Transfer the breasts to the roasting pan, and slide 2 bay leaves underneath each one. (The heat of the pan will release the bay leaf oils and flavor the breast.) Using a pastry brush, baste the breasts with half of the bay butter. Place the turkey in the oven and immediately decrease the temperature to 400 degrees F. After 20 minutes, baste the turkey breasts with the remaining butter, and roast for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked through, and a thermometer placed in the thickest part of the breast registers 170 degrees F. Remove from the oven, transfer to a platter, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes before carving while you make the gravy. Put the roasting pan over the burner on medium heat. Sprinkle the flour over the pan juices, and cook, stirring, for a few minutes. Add the apple brandy, and scrape the pan to lift the bits that are stuck to the bottom. Cook for a minute to burn off the alcohol, then, while stirring, pour in the apple cider. Bring to a simmer, and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the turkey breast on the diagonal, and serve with warm gravy. For more 30 Minute Meals: http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/30-minute-meals Subscribe to our channel to fill up on the latest must-eat recipes, genius kitchen hacks and content from your favorite Food Network shows. Visit Food Network online: http://www.foodnetwork.com Like Food Network on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodNetwork Follow Food Network on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FoodNetwork Follow Food Network on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodnetwork/2009-09-29T13:56:51.000Z
If you are having an intimate gathering or don’t have many turkey fans in the house, you may have decided to cook only a turkey breast, as opposed to the whole turkey. Food Safety has stated that the appropriate cooking time for a turkey breast between four and six pounds, unstuffed, will cook for anywhere between 90 minutes and 135 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

For turkey breasts between six and eight pounds, you will cook the unstuffed turkey between 135 minutes and 195 minutes. For stuffed turkey breasts between six and eight pounds, the time increases to 150 minutes to 210 minutes.

When it comes to just cooking turkey legs, thighs and wings, 325 degrees is still good. Place the turkey pieces in a pan and cover, baking for 1 – 1 ½ hours. Then, uncover the meat and bake for another 30 minutes and the temperature with an instant-read thermometer says 165 degrees. Make sure the thermometer does not touch bone of the reading will be inaccurate, as reported by Gourmet Love to Know.


Whole Turkey Cook Times

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If you have decided to celebrate your holiday by cooking an entire turkey, the cooking times have increased for an unstuffed turkey between eight and twelve pounds between 2 ¾ hours and 3 hours.

For those who have stuffed your turkey, the cooking times are between 3 and 3 ½ hours. For turkeys between 12 and 14 pounds, the times for an unstuffed turkey are between 3 hours and 3 ¾ hours; for stuffed turkeys, it is 3 ½ hours and 4 hours. Unstuffed turkeys between 14 and 18 pounds have their cooking times ranging from 3 ¾ hours to 4 ¼ hours; and for stuffed turkeys, it is between 4 and 4 ¼ hours.

For unstuffed turkeys between 18 and 20 pounds, the time is 4 ¼ hours to 4 ½ hours; for stuffed turkeys, it is 4 ¼ hours to 4 ¾ hours. Unstuffed turkeys between 20 and 24 pounds need a range of cooking time from 4 ½ hours to 5 hours; for stuffed turkeys it is 4 ¾ hours to 5 ¼ hours.

In a convection oven, Gourmet Love to Know has reported that the turkey should be roasted at 325 degrees but should be reduced to 300 degrees Fahrenheit if you are using a dark roasting pan or oven-roasting bag.


Deep Frying Turkey Time and Temp

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If you decide to take on deep frying your turkey, the times will range as the temperature of your oil can vary. Please be sure you have a thermometer to monitor your turkey’s temperature. The temperature should always be taken from the thickest part of the turkey, away from any bone.

You should read the digital thermometer’s instructions to verify if it may be used in hot oil. If you have a regular thermometer you can simply check your turkey for the proper cooking temperature every so often as your turkey’s temperature will rise every few minutes.

Some may decide to put their bird in the oven while others will decide to slowly lower their bird into a hot pot of oil. Either way, please make sure you are doing everything safely, as safety comes first before any delicious bird. Safety tips for deep frying your turkey, according to State Farm, include keeping the fryers away from structures of any kind, skip stuffing when it comes to frying, wear goggles and never leave the fryer unattended.


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