Preparing for your Thanksgiving dinner revolves around time. You need to know when to start cooking the turkey, when to tell your guests to arrive, and when to start cooking side dishes. The need to set a timeline naturally raises the question, “How long will it take to cook my turkey?”
Turkey Temperature Tip: Pull the turkey out of the oven at 157ºF. Cooking at medium heat in an oven, this could take 2 hours or more. (Read More Below.)
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the age-old question “How long does it take to cook a turkey?” A lot of different variables affect the cook time of your turkey, like; cooking method, oven accuracy, the type of roasting pan, where the turkey is positioned in the oven, etc. To achieve a tender and moist turkey, pay attention to temperature! No matter what turkey recipe you’re following, use their cook time instructions as a guideline of when you should expect the turkey to be done. However, let the final indicator of whether your turkey is done and safe to eat or not be temperature. Make sure to use a leave-in probe thermometer, like the ChefAlarm®, to monitor the internal temperature of the turkey and then verify the final temperature in multiple places with a fast and accurate digital instant-read thermometer, like the ThermoPop®. If you see any temperatures inside the turkey below 157°F, return the turkey to the oven for more cooking until it is done. Even if your family has to wait a little longer, they will be grateful for eating a safe, moist, and delicious turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.
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