Turkey Tips for a Perfect Thanksgiving

You will want to count on approximately 1-1.5 pounds of raw turkey per person so a 20 pound turkey should feed 10-15 people. This should leave some for the all important leftovers.

To thaw a frozen turkey safely you should place in the fridge and allow it to thaw slowly. A 20 pound turkey will take at least 3-4 days to thaw completely.

I usually let the turkey sit in the fridge uncovered over night to allow the skin and cavity to dry out further. This will assist in creating a nice crisp skin.

When it comes to cooking a stuffed bird I generally will start the turkey at a high temperature on convection roast at 450ºF for about 10 mins then I change the mode to a normal roast or bake (no convection) and reduce the temp to 325ºF for the remaining time.

Turkey cooking time

A fresh turkey will cook slightly faster than a thawed frozen turkey.

Unstuffed

8 to 12 lbs…………….2.5 to 3 hrs

12 to 14 lbs…………..3 to 3.5 hrs

14 to 18 lbs…………..3.5 to 4 hrs

18 to 20 lbs…………..4 to 4.5 hrs

20 to 24 lbs…………..4.5 to 5 hrs

Stuffed

8 to 12 lbs…………….3 to 3.5 hrs

12 to 14 lbs…………..3.5 to 4 hrs

14 to 18 lbs…………..4 to 4.25 hrs

18 to 20 lbs…………..4.25 to 4.75 hrs

20 to 24 lbs…………..4.75 to 5.25 hrs

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