Knowing when to thaw and how long to cook your turkey is essential, so I’ve made it easy with these Turkey Thawing & Cooking Guidelines for the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey.
Turkey Thawing & Cooking Guidelines for the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
It’s Thanksgiving Time which means it’s time to be thankful for all you have, even after the crazy year we’ve had. If you’re one of the lucky people who will be cooking your Thanksgiving day turkey it’s time to start figuring out how to do it. Even though I cook the turkey every year I still need a reminder of these things. Although many people aren’t sure why we eat turkey on Thanksgiving, it’s a traditionally tasty treat!
Because Thanksgiving is coming up it’s time to figure out when is the best day to take your Gobbler out of the Freezer.
Because everyone wants the perfect turkey you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to defrost it. Turkey thawed too quickly will be dry. So make sure and use the correct guidelines. That being said life happens so you’ve also got guidelines for defrosting it in cold water in case you forget.
You will also be able to check out some guidelines for cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey. One delicious thing I do every year is poke holes in the turkey and stuff it with garlic cloves. I smother it in mojo marinade I then wrap it in raw bacon before cooking. I then follow the cooking tips below. Making a juicy and delicious turkey everyone will love!
So read on to check out some more cooking guidelines!
Turkey Thawing Guidelines
Cooking Guidelines for the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey
Tips for cooking your turkey:
1.The turkey is done when the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. To get the most accurate reading make sure the thermometer isn’t touching a bone.
2. To cook the turkey place the whole turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and into a preheated 350 degree. You will basically cook it 20 minutes per pound.
3. Cook the turkey until the skin is a light golden color, and then cover loosely with a foil tent. During the last 45 minutes of baking, remove the foil tent to brown the skin.
4.Basting will not make turkey moister, but will promote even browning of the skin.
5.The only true test for doneness is the temperature of the meat, not the color of the skin.So don’t think it’s cooked just by how it looks.
6.If your turkey has been stuffed, it is important to check the temperature of the dressing; it should be 165 degrees F as well.
7.Once your turkey is done, take it out of the oven and have it stand for 20-30 minutes before carving. This will let the juices settle and makes for easier carving.
As for how you season your turkey is up to you. I’ve always stuffed garlic cloves into the skin along with garlic salt,and various other seasonings, then covered the whole guy with bacon, making for a very scrumptious bird. The sky’s the limit to what you can do with your turkey.
Looking for ways to plan for the big day or some other tips? Head over here and check out some Thanksgiving day Tips & Tricks along with a printable menu
Looking for the perfect Stuffing recipe? Check this Amazing Sausage Stuffing recipe out!
Comments & Reviews
Thanks for the info! I’ve only ever cooked 1 turkey and this year will cook my second. This was very helpful!
Tannis W says
I had no idea that if you thaw a turkey too quick it’ll be dry! Interesting. Maybe someday I’ll tackle the task of cooking a turkey.
Gabby Dunai says
Thanks for the graphic. This is definitely something handy a lot of people need to know. I am so going to print this out and put it with my holiday ware 🙂
Very useful info!
Geri Fink says
Cute idea of putting the thawing times on the turkey. Good reminder. I Need to pull this out again after Halloween next year.