Turkey Tips

August 31, 2009 3:29:17 PM PDT
Roasting a whole turkey gives us lots of meal options and saves money, too. A whole 12-pound turkey costs a little more than just 1 pound of deli turkey, and you'll get about 3 pounds of turkey breast for sandwiches plus lots of other meal options. You can make turkey salad, chunks for skewers which can be brushed with a glaze and warmed on the grill, hearty turkey chili, turkey and dumplings, or even a comforting turkey frame soup.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Use the timetables below to determine how long to cook your turkey. These times are approximate. Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your turkey and stuffing.

Unstuffed

  • 4 to 8 pounds (breast)
    1½ to 3¼ hours
  • 8 to 12 pounds
    2¾ to 3 hours
  • 12 to 14 pounds
    3 to 3¾ hours
  • 14 to 18 pounds
    3¾ to 4¼ hours
  • 18 to 20 pounds
    4¼ to 4½ hours
  • 20 to 24 pounds
    4½ to 5 hours

Stuffed

  • 4 to 6 pounds (breast)
    Not usually applicable
  • 6 to 8 pounds (breast)
    2½ to 3½ hours
  • 8 to 12 pounds
    3 to 3½ hours
  • 12 to 14 pounds
    3½ to 4 hours
  • 14 to 18 pounds
    4 to 4¼ hours
  • 18 to 20 pounds
    4¼ to 4¾ hours
  • 20 to 24 pounds
    4¾ to 5¼ hours
Roasting a Frozen Turkey:

It is safe to cook a turkey from the frozen state, but cooking time will be at least 50 percent longer than recommended for a fully thawed turkey. It is important to remember to remove the giblet packages carefully with tongs or a fork as soon as possible during the cooking time.

Tips Courtesy of USDA

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