Calculating Turkey Cooking Times
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Just a note: these cooking times for turkey are only accurate for a fully thawed or fresh turkey.
Guide to Cooking Times for Turkey
Unstuffed Turkey, Fresh or Thawed, cooked at 325 degrees Fahrenheit:
Stuffed Turkey, Fresh or Thawed, cooked at 325 degrees Fahrenheit:
Thinking about slow-cooking that turkey? Skip it. According to the USDA recommendations for food safety, a turkey should never be cooked using an oven temperature lower than 325 degrees. A lower turkey cooking temperature will take longer to heat the turkey, increasing the risk of harmful bacteria growth. Unless you have a particularly sinister plan for Thanksgiving, you probably dont want to give food poisoning to your guests.
Safe Turkey Cooking Temperature Guide
When is the turkey done? Using an oven thermometer placed through the thickest part of the thigh (for a whole turkey) or the breast (for a turkey breast), check to make sure that the internal temperature reads at least 165 degrees F. Do checks throughout the turkey to be sure. Once the bird reaches a minimum temperature of 165, you can go ahead and take it out of the oven.
The times listed above apply to fresh or thawed turkeys. But if you forgot to thaw yours (or --even worse!-- forgot to buy a turkey and had to make a last-minute dash to the store) you can cook a frozen turkey using these times as a guideline. A frozen turkey would need to cook at least a full 50% longer than the times indicated here. Also, as the frozen turkey thaws and cooks in the oven, remember to remove the packet of giblets (they'll be too stuck in there to remove when the bird is frozen).
Cooking a Frozen Turkey
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