Thanksgiving is already next week! If you plan on having your family and friends over for the food-filled holiday, you’re going to want a perfect turkey. It’s not that hard to make a great tasting turkey, but it’s also not that hard to destroy a great turkey! Whether you’ve been cooking a turkey for years or this is your first time, these tips and videos will ensure that your bird comes out perfectly.
1. If you plan on cooking a frozen turkey, you’re absolutely going to have to thaw it first. Thawing takes a lot of time, in fact days. Make sure you plan ahead! A 20 pound turkey takes about 3 days to fully thaw.
2. A turkey will cook more evenly with less stuffing in it. If you cook the stuffing in the turkey for the flavor, try adding flavorful veggies and herbs that will loosely fill the cavity. It’s recommended to always cook your stuffing on the side.
3. The amount of time it takes for the turkey to cook depends on the size. A general rule to go by is 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees (F). If your turkey is defrosted, cook it at 12-15 minutes per pound.
4. How do you know if your turkey is done? When you take it out of the over, look for the deepest spot between the leg and the breast. When the temperature there reads 180 degrees (F) it will be finished!
5. When the turkey is done cooking, you’re going to want to let it sit for about 15-20 minutes. Don’t worry – it won’t lose any heat either. Just top it with some foil while you let it sit.
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