Here are a few tips on what to look for when cooking a Turkey!
The 5 most common questions that I have heard over the years.
Question #1 – How long does it take to thaw my Turkey?
The best way to thaw your turkey is in the refridgerator, so that it stays in a climate controlled enviornment. You can figure 1 day (24 hours) for every 4 to 5 pounds. So if your Turkey wieghs 12 pounds, figure at least 2 to 3 days.
Question #2 – How long does it take to cook my Turkey?
The easy answer is 15 minutes per pound. So if you have a 12 pound Turkey . . .
12 pounds x 15 minutes = 180 minutes
180 minutes / 60 min = 3 hours
Of course it may take a little longer, or not quite as long (refer to question 4 to see how to tell when its done).
Question #3 – How do I season my Turkey?
Salt and pepper are flavor enhancers, so you can’t go wrong with that. But if you want to add a little more, sage, thyme, rosemary or a poultry seasonings are good too. Just make sure you get the seasoning all over the outside and inside the cavity of the bird as well.
Question #4 – How do I cook my Turkey?
Generally cooking instructions will be on the package the turkey came in, but I will preheat the oven to 425 degrees and put the turkey in for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, or until the skin is brown and crisp. Then, I turn the temperature down to 300 degrees and let it cook for the desired time (I don’t count the initial 20 to 30 minutes as part of the needed cooking time).
Question #5 – How do I tell when my Turkey is done?
There are a few things to look for that show when the Turkey is done: