The Ultimate Guide to Turkey Cooking Times

Around Thanksgiving, turkey is the most popular food on the American table. Every year, millions of families and friends gather around the table to enjoy this holiday feast.

When buying a turkey, make sure you buy one that’s big enough for everyone to enjoy! Follow the cooking instructions on how to prepare the turkey so it comes out nice and moist to bring out that delicious flavor.

Roasting a turkey:

Remove all the insides of the turkey and rinse thoroughly with cold water and dry bird with paper towels well.

Make sure you add enough vegetables and herbs to the bird. For example, if you have a 12-15 pound turkey, you will need:

1 medium onion

2 ribs of celery

2 medium carrots

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 stick of butter

3 fresh rosemary sprigs

1/2 bunch of fresh sage

chicken stock or fresh water for roasting.

Chop up carrots, celery and onions into lsrge pieces.

Pull wings forward and tuck under breasts to prevent burning, it helps bird to sit nice and straight.

Holding the turkey by the back legs, season with salt and pepper the entire inside cavity. Add carrots, celery and onions.

Finally, add the stick of butter rubbing it on the outside of the bird and sprinkle generously rosemary and sage for flavoring.

Tie the turkey’s legs together with string securely.

At 325 degrees, cook the turkey for 13 minutes per pound or at least three hours until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let the bird cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

This is one of the best ways to cook your holiday turkey.