Turkey Tips

Cooking times and tips for what size bird you need to feed your size of crowd

More tips to help make your holiday dinner a winner!

Need help figuring out how big a turkey you need?

In general, plan for:

12-15 lb turkey for 10-12 people

15-18 lb turkey for 12-16 people

18-22 lb turkey for 16-22 people

Turkey Cooking Times

The most important indicator for determining when your turkey is done, is the internal temperature.

Cook the turkey until the skin is a light golden color, and then cover loosely with a foil tent. During the last 45 minutes of baking, remove the foil tent to brown the skin. Basting is not necessary, but will promote even browning.

The only true test for doneness is the temperature of the meat, not the color of the skin.

  • The turkey is done when the thigh meat reaches an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. To get an accurate reading, be sure that your thermometer is not touching the bone.
  • If your turkey has been stuffed, it is important to check the temperature of the dressing; it should be 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).
  • When the turkey is done, remove from the oven and allow to stand for 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, and makes for easier carving.

These times are based on placing the whole turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and into a preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven.

Oven roasting at 350 degrees F

Weight in lbs.

8

12

14

18

20

24

Time in hours unstuffed

2.75

3

3.75

4.25

4.5

5

Time in hours if stuffed

3

3.5

4

4.25

4.75

5.25

 

 

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