Saturday, March 18, 2006

Baking a Turkey

A large frozen turkey (15 to 20 lbs.) should be placed in the refrigerator to thaw four days before it will be cooked.

Use the table below to estimate the baking time of a turkey, but use a meat thermometer to be certain the turkey is done. The turkey should be 180° at the thigh which is the thickest part and stuffing should be at least 165° at the center.

10 to 12 lbs.
12 to 15 lbs.
15 to 18 lbs.
18 to 21 lbs.
22 to 25 lbs.
3-1/2 hours
4 hours
4-1/4 hours
4-3/4 hours
5-1/4 hours
4 hours
4-1/2 hours
4-3/4 hours
5-1/4 hours
5-3/4 hours

Stuffing can be cooked separately in the oven. Place it in a buttered baking dish, cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil, and cook at 375° for 30 to 40 minutes, basting occasionally with juice from the turkey.

If you are going to bake the turkey with the stuffing inside it, do not stuff it until immediately before it goes in the oven. The stuffing should be cool when you place it inside the bird, and it should not be tightly packed. The stuffing should be at least 165° at the center before you remove the turkey from the oven.

12-15 lbs.
15-20 lbs.
10 cups
12 cups

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Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)