If it reads 180 degrees F in the thigh and 170 degrees F in the breast, it’s done and ready to serve. (If it’s stuffed, check the center of the stuffing to make sure it’s 165 degrees F as well.)
Is Turkey done at 165 or 180?
Cook your turkey until your thermometer reads 155 -160 degrees. (Yes, we know that new safe cooking guidelines say to cook your bird to 165 degrees (they used to say 180!), but remember that your turkey will continue to cook after removed from the oven and it’s temperature will increase by 10 degrees while resting.
How do you know when turkey breast is cooked?
The turkey is done when it reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the breast meat. Start checking after 1 hour of roasting and continue checking every 10 to 15 minutes until the breast is cooked through.
What should the internal temperature of a turkey breast be?
The government recommends cooking turkey breast to 165°F (74°C). I prefer my turkey breast at 150°F (66°F), at which point it is far, far juicier (especially if you dry brine it!). But is it safe? food safety is a function of both temperature and time.
What temperature should a turkey read when done?
The internal temperature of your turkey (and any stuffing) should always reach 165°F.
Why does my turkey cook so fast?
brining and cooking without stuffing, and having a higher temp than expected would all cause it to cook faster than expected. Brining really does speed up the cooking process a lot, though not usually by half.
When should I take my turkey out?
For turkey that’s 165 degrees, you’ll want to remove the bird from the oven when the temperature reaches 155 to 160 degrees because it will continue to cook outside the oven. Keep in mind that larger turkeys will hold more heat and keep cooking for longer.
What happens if you eat undercooked turkey?
Campylobacter: Undercooked Poultry
As little as one drop of raw chicken juice can cause campylobacter illness — a little-known illness that is the second-leading cause of food poisoning in the U.S. Symptoms can include fever, cramps, watery or often bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.
How do you know when turkey breast is done without thermometer?
If you don’t have a thermometer, you can opt to look at the clarity of the juices. When the turkey is done, there will be no more pink in the juice. Make a cut between the thigh and the breast and look at the juice that’s released — if it’s at all pink or red, put the bird back in the oven.
Do you cook a turkey covered or uncovered?
Always cook your turkey until the skin is a light golden color. Cover your roasting pan with a lid or foil and cook covered for 2 hours (depending on size of your bird) and uncovered for the remaining time. Baste your turkey every half hour or so.
What is the lowest safe temperature to cook a turkey?
Make it safe – The United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA ) recommends temperatures no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit for cooking meat and poultry. Cook turkey to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
How long should a turkey breast rest?
Cook the turkey at 400°F to seal in the juices and brown the skin. Allow the turkey to rest for 10 minutes before slicing for the hot juices settle back into the meat. The turkey will continue to cook as it rests, and come up to the 160°F recommended internal temp turkey breast should be cooked to.
Can Turkey be slightly pink?
Smoked turkey meat always has a pink tinge to it. Meat that’s been grilled outdoors often does, too. It’s common for the outer half-inch of a smoked or grilled turkey to look pink, and not unusual for the meat of a smoked turkey to be pink all the way through.
How long do you let a turkey rest after cooking?
The turkey needs to rest before carving.
About 45 minutes or so gives it time to reabsorb the juices; otherwise they’ll dribble out when you slice, and the meat will be dry. Don’t tent the turkey with foil to keep it warm while it’s resting; it’s unnecessary and will make the skin soggy.
How long should you cook a turkey at 325?
For one 8- to 12-pound turkey, roast at 325°F for 2¾ to 3 hours.
How long do you cook a turkey on 350?
We recommend roasting turkey at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes per pound for an unstuffed turkey.