How Long to Cook a Turkey Per Pound for Thanksgiving: top Tips

We'll advise that smaller is actually preferable if you're still trying to choose the proper turkey to cook. The meat will be more tender and it will cook more quickly and evenly.  You may even prepare two tiny turkeys if you're serving a large number of people.

A Few Turkey Prep Tips

Prior to Thanksgiving, try to store the turkey in the refrigerator a few days or even a week early. That is roughly how long it takes for a frozen turkey to thaw. If you haven't already done so, the link will explain how to thaw it more quickly or even cook it straight from the freezer.

A Few Turkey Prep Tips

All that's left is to figure out how long to cook the turkey for it to be juicy and flavorful. (If you want to read this website on how to slice a turkey while the bird is in the oven and spare yourself some time later on Google, open it now.)

A Few Turkey Prep Tips

Start off by roasting the turkey without a lid. The skin will get a lovely golden brown tone as a result. After an hour or two, check on it and cover any portions that are browning too quickly with foil.

Do I Cover a Turkey When Cooking It?

We guess we can't persuade you otherwise. We recognize when tradition takes precedence over other considerations.

I'm Cooking a Stuffed Turkey Though

If you're set on stuffing the turkey, you should bake it at 325°F for 20 to 25 minutes per pound. To prevent the turkey from drying out or burning, we also advise loosely tenting it with aluminum foil midway through cooking, paying specific attention to the wings and drumsticks.

I'm Cooking a Stuffed Turkey Though

Let the turkey rest for at least 30 to 45 minutes before carving for optimal juiciness. This allows the liquids to redistribute and helps to maintain juicy meat.

How Long Do I Wait Until I Carve the Turkey?

Although "low and slow" is a decent rule for cooking a bird completely without burning it, there is no set standard for the precise temperatures at which to cook food.

Do I Cook a Turkey at 325°F or 350°F?

All of our cooking instructions assume that you are cooking at 325°F, but you can cook it slightly warmer for about the same amount of time, or slightly less.

Do I Cook a Turkey at 325°F or 350°F?

Add 1/2 cup water to the bottom of the roasting pan if you're adding veggies to stop them from burning. For more taste, you can add 1/2 cup of dry white wine. You can omit adding liquid to your roasting pan if you are cooking without any vegetables.

Should I Put Water in My Turkey Roasting Pan?

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