Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Roasting The Bird

Time frame for roasting a unstuffed, defrosted turkey.
Place the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, taking care that it does not touch any bone. Roast the turkey until the meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F. Don't forget to let the bird rest at least 30 minutes before carving to allow the juices to re-absorb into the flesh. You don't want the moisture to drain out.
Roasting times are for a preheated 325 degrees F. oven.
Turkey Weight        Hours
6-8 pounds            3 to 3- 1/2 hours
8-12 pounds          3 -1/2 to 4 -1/2 hours
12-16 pounds       4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds   5-1/2 to 6 hours
20 to 24 pounds   6 to 6-1/2 hours 

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