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This Thanksgiving I may be cooking my first Turkey ever, not for me mind you (I’m a pescatarian) but for my relatives since my grandmother is stepping down from that honor this year.  Of course having never even purchased poultry before I was quick to search the internet for some resources and I love this Turkey Newsletter I came across as it addresses not only how many pounds of turkey to buy (1 pound per person) but also the key issue of food safety and how to handle your bird.  I certainly didn’t want to be responsible for getting anyone sick!

How To Roast your Turkey Safely:

♦ Set your oven temperature no lower than 325 degrees F.
♦ Place your turkey or turkey breast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.

♦ Use a Food Thermometer!  Ideally a oven proof one you can just stick in there and watch with no more fuss. Get that bird roasted to a minumum internal temperature of 165 F at all spots (check the thin and thick bits)

♦ A whole turkey is safe when cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 1650F as measured with a food
thermometer. Check the internal temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest
part of the breast. Consumers may choose to cook turkey to higher temperatures.
♦ If your turkey has a “popup” temperature indicator, also check the internal temperature of the turkey in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest
part of the breast with a food thermometer. The minimum internal temperature should reach 1650F for safety.
♦ For quality, let the turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving to allow juices to set. The turkey will carve more easily.

How Long to Cook your Unstuffed Turkey:
4 to 8 pounds (breast) 1½ to 3¼ hours
8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours
14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4¼ to 5 hours

For more cooking tips and ways to thaw a frozen turkey safely get the Turkey Safety Newletter from the University of Nebraska here.

or go here for the website, complete with recipes, a video on how to make Turkey Gravy and more…

Enjoy!

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