I’m sure I’m not the only one who is searching the internet trying to figure out how to cook a turkey! It’s all I can do not to stress out about timing it right and not making my guests twiddle their thumbs in anticipation while my Mashed Potatoes go cold and my Green Bean Casserole goes limp!!
While surfing the net I came across a few helpful resources that I thought I’d pass on…
Want to know how long you need to cook your bird? Thanks to WikiAnsers now you will be an expert!
USDA Roasting Timetable for Fresh or Thawed Turkey at 325° F.
These times are approximate and should always be used in conjunction with a properly placed thermometer. The USDA does not recommend cooking turkey in an oven set lower than 325° F.
8 to 12 pounds 2 3/4 to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3 3/4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 1/2 to 5 hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3 1/2 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 1/2 to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4 1/4 hours
18 to 20 pounds 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours
20 to 24 pounds 4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hours
And are you wondering if you bought a Turkey large enough to feed your hungry crowd? Her’s what WikiAnswers says about Bird Size…
“You should estimate about one and a half to two pounds per person.”
So get a head count and a calculator and see if you’ll be ordering Pizza to top everyone off or if instead you’ll be sending home tons of left overs!
So good luck my friends on your Poultry endeavors! I’ll be saying a small prayer for all of us Hostesses out there!