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Old 11-21-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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What Temperature do you cook your Turkey at?

There are so many different methods and I am not sure how to go this year.

I have a bigger bird at 21 pounds = I was thinking of 325 for about 5 hours since I am stuffing it. But then I saw a recipe for cooking at 350 for 4 hours- Lower and slower I would think would be less likely to dry out but your opinions?
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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I am no expert in cooking a turkey. I have mine in the oven now at 325 and it will probably be in there about 4-5 hours and it weighs 25lbs.
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I will cook mine at 300 degrees, length of time to be determined by the size of the turkey. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, says that 300 degrees is optimal.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:27 AM   #4
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There are so many different methods and I am not sure how to go this year.

I have a bigger bird at 21 pounds = I was thinking of 325 for about 5 hours since I am stuffing it. But then I saw a recipe for cooking at 350 for 4 hours- Lower and slower I would think would be less likely to dry out but your opinions?
Yes, low and slow covered until the last hour and then take the top off for a nice brown skin. I generally roast mine on the grill over indirect heat, three burners, middle one off. Sometimes I throw some applewood chips in there too, yum! Use a digital thermometer and make sure you get to about 170 degrees and then let carry over cooking bring it to 180. Juicy every time!
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:32 AM   #5
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500 degrees for the first 30 minutes, then 350 until it's done.
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Old 11-21-2012, 10:36 AM   #6
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325 until the inner temp reaches 150. It will continue to rise after it's removed so will reach approximately 160. I start the bird at room temperature so the temps rise together, thus eliminating the possibility of raw turkey near the bones.
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Old 11-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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I use the golden rule of 20 min per pound at 350. So a 21 lbs turkey would be 7 hours.


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Old 11-21-2012, 01:11 PM   #8
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We're a little unorthodox in our turkey-cooking method: we'll put the bird in the oven around 10pm tonight at 200 degrees, and cook it until 1-1:30 tomorrow. Then we turn the oven up to 475 for the final 15 minutes to crisp up skin.

Sounds crazy, but a super moist, super delicious turkey pops out every time.
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Instead of a whole turkey I'm cooking two succulent milky white breasts.

I'll throw them in the oven preheated at 500 and after 30 minutes turn it down to 325.

I'll keep an eye on them and throw a foil tent over them when the skin gets the color I like.
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Old 11-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #10
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I'm cooking 2 19 pounders so I just put my first one in the oven. I'll carve them tomorrow and reheat slightly.

I use the Reynolds Turkey Bags and it says to cook them at 350. So I cook it at 350. I put a thermometer in the thigh and I'll pull it out at 165.
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I'm cooking 2 19 pounders so I just put my first one in the oven. I'll carve them tomorrow and reheat slightly.

I use the Reynolds Turkey Bags and it says to cook them at 350. So I cook it at 350. I put a thermometer in the thigh and I'll pull it out at 165.
Are the times listed on the Reynolds website about right? I'm doing the turkey this year & I'm nervous. But don't tell anyone!
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I have never had a turkey that size take 7hrs to cook. I plan on putting my 22lb turkey in between 325 -350 for 4-5hrs.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:00 AM   #14
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500º for the first 30 minutes, then 350º till it's done.
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Are the times listed on the Reynolds website about right? I'm doing the turkey this year & I'm nervous. But don't tell anyone!
They were close to right but I still prefer to go by temperature instead of guessing with time. But you work with what you have.
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