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Average oven temperature is 325°F (74°C) with a turkey thawed at 70°F

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Tip: It is easier to cook 2-smaller turkeys than 1-huge turkey. (You'll have 4-legs instead of 2 to fight over.) Plus; cooking time for 2-turkeys is less than one large turkey.

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HELP!

What temperature is recommended for a fully cooked turkey?

170°F (77°C) is a good rule of thumb.

Warning: According to the United states Department of Agriculture a turkey should be cooked to a temperature of at least 165°F (74°C), measuring at the innermost part of the thigh. The breast meat is typically 10°F hotter than the thighs. Reason: Turkey legs are fattier than the breast and will take longer to cook.

A turkey roasted to 175°F (79°C) (breast meat area) could be considered overdone and might be dry. Therefore taking your turkey out when temperature measured in the thickest part of the breast at 170°F (77°C) is a good rule of thumb. The thighs and other meat will be at least 150°F (66°C), the minimum temperature at which all bacteria are killed.

Turkey Timer vs Meat Thermometer or Neither

Turkey Timer:

Some turkeys come with a turkey timer inserted into the fullest part of the breast meat. Most turkey timers are a white plug with a red center. Do not remove the turkey timer while the turkey is cooking. The red center will slowly rise to about 1" as the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 170°F (77°C). If your turkey doesn't come with a turkey timer you can purchase one at most kitchen accessory stores or us a meat thermometer.

Meat Thermometer:

Meat thermometers are used to check the internal temperature of meat. Tip: (Don't leave the thermometer in the turkey while cooking!) With a meat thermometer you can check the internal temperature of the thigh meat vs the breast meat which is typically 10°F hotter than the thighs. Insert the thermometer into the fullest part of the breast, or the fullest part of the leg. Do not insert the thermometer near any of the turkey bones.

Neither (I don't have a meat thermometer and my turkey doesn't have a turkey timer):

You can use the old fashion way, or the way your grandmother could tell if the turkey was done. Prick the meat and looking to see if the juice runs clear. If the juice is a red-ish blood color, it's not done yet. Or wiggle one of the turkey legs. It should wiggle freely and loose. If the leg wiggles really loosely, (almost falling off the turkey), this usually means the white meat (breast) is over done and dry.

Suggestions for Dry White Meat:

Make sure you have plenty of gravy if your white meat is dry.

Suggestions if the Dark Meat is Under Cooked:

Dark meat will be red-ish in color or a little bloody looking if it is under cooked. Cut both legs and thighs off the turkey and put them back in the oven while you are carving the white meat.

Does the turkey keep cooking after you take it out of the oven?

Yes, usually only 5° at the most. Although, that does not mean if your turkey is 165° it will be OK. Cook your turkey to a full 170° (77°C) measured in the thickest part of the breast.

Why do I need to Pre-Heat my Oven?

Heating elements in electric ovens:

  • Your top heating element is used for broiling.
  • Your bottom heating element is for baking or cooking.
When pre-heating your oven both the top and bottom elements are on at the same time to achieve your desired cooking temperature quickly. Once your oven reaches the desired temperature the top element turn off and your bottom element cook your food from below. Putting your turkey in a cold over will change your cooking time and the top of the turkey will burn while the oven is trying to reach your desired cooking temperature.

Oops I goofed, my oven temperature gauge is off. Now what do I do?

You have five choices.

  1. Read and follow the directions on "Neither" under Turkey Timer vs Meat Thermometer or Neither.
  2. Dinner is going to be late.
  3. Dinner is going to be early.
  4. Dinner is going to be on time but the turkey might be cold.
  5. Dinner is going to be on time but the turkey might be burned.

Rule of thumb if all else fails:

  • Unstuffed turkey takes 15 minutes per lb.
  • Stuffed turkey takes 20 minutes per lb.

"Just For Fun"
Let's Talk Turkey

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    Does altitude matter?

    Yes dear, altitude matters. And size matters, size always matters. That is why I developed this cooking app. As far as altitude goes, only worry about altitude for cakes that need to rise, eggs that need to hard boil and turkeys being cooked above 5,000 feet above sea level.
    If you are at an altitude above 8,000 feet on Thanksgiving, forget about it. Your high enough to go skiing. Go skiing and eat Thanksgiving at a restaurant. The last thing you are going to want to do after skiing is cook a Thanksgiving dinner. Forget about it.

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    Why do I need to let my Turkey rest 30 minutes after it comes out of the oven before carving it?

    To keep the juices in and the turkey moist. If you can wait 45 minutes or an hour before carving, even better. (Tip: When calculating the time you want to eat, this app takes in account the 30 minutes.)

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    Does this App have recipes for cooking Turkey?

    No, you're on the wrong app. This one is only for calculations.

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    Can you use this app for Outdoor Deep Fried Turkey?

    No, Deep Fried Turkey tastes good but that's an easy way to injure yourself and start your house on fire.

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    Can you use this app for Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking with briquettes?

    No, you're on the wrong app again. Remember: When D. O. cooking in November, it's usually cold. When the air temperature is cold, your turkey will cook slower. You'll need lots and lots of briquettes.

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    How about using this app when cooking a turkey in the microwave?

    No again. Why would you want your turkey to taste like rubber?

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    Why do I need to pre-heat my oven?

    Why? Just because I said so. Go back to the HELP! button and read "Why do I need to pre-heat my oven?"

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    Does the Turkey keep cooking after you take it out of the oven?

    Yes, usually only 5° at the most. Although, that does not mean if your turkey is 165° it will be ok. Cook your turkey to a full 170°F (77°C) measured in the thickest part of the breast.

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    What temperature is recommended for a fully cooked Turkey?

    170°F (77°C). My meat thermometer always seems to be broken every time I need it. So I just wiggle one of the drumsticks (if it is really wiggly, it is done.) See the Help button for more information.

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    Where do you stick the thermometer?

    Stick it in the fullest part of the breast or the fullest part of the leg. Make sure you are not hitting any bones when inserting the thermometer. (Tip: Don't leave the cooking thermometer in the turkey while cooking!)

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    Should I take the stuffing out of the turkey before serving it?

    Yes, check the temperature of the stuffing to make sure it is at least 150°F (66°C) or the bacteria may make you puke.

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    Why cook the turkey at 325°F? Everything else I cook is at 350°F.

    You can cook your turkey at any temperature you want, 200°F, 400°F, who cares, but you will get something from raw to burnt if mixing information when using this cooking time table. Besides, turkey cooked at high heat will dry out, and the top of your turkey will most likely burn. Yum. Your guest will never ask you to cook the turkey again.

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    Can I put the turkey bones down my garbage disposal?

    No! No! No! (Not to be confused with Ho, Ho, Ho.)

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    Can I put the turkey bones down my mother-in-laws disposal?

    Yes, but remember when you say oops, pretend to look innocent. Dip your chin, cover your mouth with your fingers, turn your head and shoulder slightly, and peer up innocently, when you say oops. If she doesn't hear the racket throw a spoon in too. That outta get her attention.

Interesting Vocabulary for TurkeyChef:

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doneness Completely cooked. The turkey is finished cooking and at a safe temperature to eat without fear of getting a food born illness. It is the safe internal turkey meat temperature that you are striving for. Used in a sentence: Hey ma, check the doneness of the turkey, would'ja.
TurkeyChef An incredible, sure-fire, easy, trouble-free, comforting, turkey cooking website, app, or chart with additional valuable information and helpful hints. Used in a sentence: TurkeyChef has made my life so much easier on Thanksgiving that I became a genuine, bona fide, certified, card carrying member of TurkeyChef.com.
would'ja The lazy way of saying will you or would you. Sometimes is used in the texting world. Used in a sentence: Margggge, I mean honey, would'ja get me another beer!
Voila Instantly; in a flash; something happening instantaneously. Used in a sentence: Voila, so there you go.
ickiest Dislike a lot. Used in a sentence: That's the ickiest mess I ever made.
couchpotato Is the only warm blooded vegetable known to mankind. A couchpotato is usually in (a somewhat of) a prone position and is actively working hard at non movement or slight movement for hours and hours or days and days at one time. Used in a sentence: I am man (I mean couchpotato), hear me roar.
couch potatoing

The act of comfortable, restful, peaceful, relaxful, strain-less, entertained, non activity. Where one is usually in a prone position (with the TV on, and the remote in either their right or left hand, and they feel comfortable burping, farting, and sweating all at the same time without much movement or guilt) all in one place. Used in a sentence: Honey, funny smells are coming from the living room, are you couch potatoing again?

Advisement: I once dated a guy that knew a guy that lived next door to a guy that had a cousin that married to a guy that was couch potatoing and he fell off of the couch and broke his leg. True story! Please consult your doctor before considering couch potatoing.

Phew Relief, (usually followed by an exlamation point "!"), a sound you make when you are happy to have successfully completed a task. Used in a sentence: Phew! I left the house just in the nick of time to get out of doing the dishes!

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