Turkey Tips

August 31, 2009 9:56:22 AM PDT
Whether we buy in bulk or cook once and eat all week, there are savings to be had at the supermarket! Want to cash in? Check out my turkey tips and weigh in on the savings! Roasting a whole turkey gives us lots of meal options and saves money, too. A whole 12-pound turkey costs a little more than just 1 pound of deli turkey, and you'll get about 3 pounds of turkey breast for sandwiches plus lots of other meal options. You can make turkey salad, chunks for skewers which can be brushed with a glaze and warmed on the grill, hearty turkey chili, turkey and dumplings, or even a comforting turkey frame soup.

Use the timetables below to determine how long to cook your turkey. These times are approximate. Always use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of your turkey and stuffing.

Unstuffed

For 4 to 8 pounds (breast), cook for 1½ to 3¼ hours.

For 8 to 12 pounds, cook for 2¾ to 3 hours.

For 12 to 14 pounds, cook for 3 to 3¾ hours.

For 14 to 18 pounds, cook for 3¾ to 4¼ hours.

For 18 to 20 pounds, cook for 4¼ to 4½ hours.

For 20 to 24 pounds, cook for 4½ to 5 hours.

Stuffed

For 4 to 6 pounds (breast), the system is not usually applicable.

For 6 to 8 pounds (breast), cook for 2½ to 3½ hours.

For 8 to 12 pounds, cook for 3 to 3½ hours.

For 12 to 14 pounds, cook for 3½ to 4 hours.

For 14 to 18 pounds, cook for 4 to 4¼ hours.

For 18 to 20 pounds, cook for 4¼ to 4¾ hours.

For 20 to 24 pounds, cook for 4¾ to 5¼ hours.

Roasting a Frozen Turkey:

It is safe to cook a turkey from the frozen state, but cooking time will be at least 50 percent longer than recommended for a fully thawed turkey. It is important to remember to remove the giblet packages carefully with tongs or a fork as soon as possible during the cooking time.

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