Turkey Temperature Tips: No. Use a fast and accurate digital thermometer, instead. Turkey pop-up timers are unreliable but typically pop at 180ºF or higher. You should not cook your turkey above 165ºF, in the breast meat, for optimal doneness.
But don’t remove the pop-up turkey timer! This will create a thermal sink in the hole. Instead, leave it in place and ignore it. The most accurate way to monitor your turkey is with a leave-in probe thermometer, like the ChefAlarm®. A leave-in probe thermometer allows you to leave an accurate temperature probe inside of the turkey while it gives you live temperature readings on the display sitting outside the oven on your counter. With the ChefAlarm, you can set an alarm for a specific temperature, so you can target the optimal doneness temperature and rest assured that it is accurate.
You should pull your turkey from the oven when the breast meat reaches 157ºF. As you rest your turkey, it will continue to rise in temperature due to a phenomenon called carry-over cooking. Let it rest for 30 minutes, or until it reaches 165ºF. Dark meat and white meat will differ in doneness temperature, for more information on what to look for and how to get even results in both types of turkey meat check out: White vs. Dark Meat Turkey Cooking Methods.
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