Turkey Cooking Times: How Do You Know If It’s Done & Ready to Eat?

Now that you’ve seasoned and stuffed your turkey and it’s roasting in the oven, there’s one last step you need to take before you get to enjoy it on your Thanksgiving table.

So how do you know when your turkey is cooked?

The most effective way to determine if your turkey is cooked is to employ the use of a meat thermometer.
Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast. You can also insert it into the thickest part of the thigh for a second reading.
If it reads 165 degrees, it is ready to take out of the oven.
One common mistake home cooks make is to look at the color of its skin, thinking that if it’s browned, the bird is ready. To ensure you do not make that error, consult this chart, which gives approximate cooking times in keeping with the size of your bird.

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