How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey?

Is it better to cook a turkey covered or uncovered?

Q: Should I roast the bird covered or uncovered?

A: The Butterball folks recommend cooking the turkey uncovered in a roasting pan.

If you put foil on the breast, remove it about 30-45 minutes before the turkey is done to allow the breast to brown.19 Nov 2016

How do I cook turkey instructions?

Instructions

  • Prepare the turkey for roasting.
  • Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  • Add liquid to the roasting pan.
  • Place the turkey in the oven and turn down the heat.
  • Roast the turkey.
  • Baste the turkey every 45 minutes.
  • Check the turkey’s temperature.
  • Rest the turkey before carving.

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How long do I cook a 20 pound turkey?

If you’re baking it at 325°F (the lowest temperature the USDA recommends), you’ll need to bake a 20-lb turkey in the oven for 4 to 5 hours if it’s unstuffed, and 4 ¼ to 5 ¼ hours if it’s stuffed.20 Nov 2017

How do I keep my turkey from drying out?

A: There are only two things at the Thanksgiving table that should be dry: the wine and the humor. For moist meat without the hassle of clearing fridge space to soak the bird in a vat of brining liquid, try a dry brine. Salting a turkey and letting it rest before roasting seasons it deeply and helps it retain moisture.22 Oct 2013

Should you put water in turkey roasting pan?

No. We do not recommend adding water to the pan because it creates a steam and may steam-burn the turkey. The turkey will produce its own flavorful juices. After cooking, you can extend the turkey’s juices with broth or wine, then add it to your gravy for extra flavor.

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Should I cover my turkey with aluminum foil?

Placing aluminum foil on a turkey when roasting can be helpful. Use aluminum foil in one of two ways: enclose the turkey in the foil before roasting it in a hot oven; or, use the foil as a tent to control the level of browning. However, the turkey skin, though golden, isn’t crispy.

Do you cook a turkey at 325 or 350?

Roast the turkey uncovered at a temperature ranging from 325°F to 350°F. Higher temperatures may cause the meat to dry out, but this is preferable to temperatures that are too low which may not allow the interior of the turkey to cook to a safe temperature.

How many minutes per pound do you cook turkey?

This table from the USDA is based on a 325°F oven, and a fully defrosted or fresh bird. (For an unstuffed bird, we’re talking roughly 15 minutes per pound.) If you want to cook a frozen turkey, it will take at least 50 percent longer than the recommended times.

How long does it take to cook a 12 pound turkey?

How long to cook a turkey

Weight of Bird Roasting Time (Unstuffed) Roasting Time (Stuffed)
10 to 18 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds 3-1/2 to 4 hours 4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds 4 to 4-1/2 hours 5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds 4-1/2 to 5 hours 5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours

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