Magazine article Sunset

Roasting a Whole Turkey

Magazine article Sunset

Roasting a Whole Turkey

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The star of many holiday dinners is a big whole turkey for a crowd. Here we give you guidelines for basic roasting.

For best results, we strongly recommend you use a meat thermometer. Because birds of the same weight often have different conformations, cooking times are only a guide (for example, unstuffed 10-lb. birds can take a little longer to cook than unstuffed 12-lb. birds). Be sure to check birds weighing less than 12 pounds at least 30 minutes before the time given below. Check larger birds at least 1 hour ahead, then every 15 minutes.

Stuffing adds somewhat to cooking times; expect small birds to take up to 30 minutes longer, larger ones up to 50 minutes longer. You can make stuffings ahead, but to avoid food poisoning never stuff a bird until you're ready to put it in the oven and never let stuffing cool in the turkey; remove stuffing while bird is still hot.

To roast turkey. Select turkey of appropriate size. Pull off fat lumps and discard. Release legs if trussed. Remove giblets, rinse bird, and pat dry. …

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