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Turkey Cooking Times

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Updated February 05, 2004

Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking
APPROXIMATE COOKING TIMES

Time charts are based on fresh or completely thawed turkeys at a refrigerator temperature of 40 ° F or below. Frozen or partially thawed turkeys will take longer to cook. The cooking time for a frozen turkey will take at least 50 percent longer than the time recommended for a fully thawed turkey. These cooking times are guidelines only. Use a food thermometer to determine safe doneness.

UNSTUFFED

4 to 6 lbs. breast...1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hrs.
6 to 8 lbs. breast...2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hrs.
8 to 12 lbs..............2 3/4 to 3 hrs.
12 to 14 lbs.............3 to 3 3/4 hrs.
14 to 18 lbs.........3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hrs.
18 to 20 lbs.........4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hrs.
20 to 24 lbs.............4 1/2 to 5 hrs.

STUFFED

8 to 12 lbs..............3 to 3 1/2 hrs.
12 to 14 lbs.............3 1/2 to 4 hrs.
14 to 18 lbs.............4 to 4 1/4 hrs.
18 to 20 lbs.........4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hrs.
20 to 24 lbs.........4 3/4 to 5 1/4 hrs.

Note: Turkeys purchased stuffed and frozen with the USDA or state mark of inspection on the packaging are safe because they have been processed under controlled conditions. These turkeys should not be thawed before cooking. Follow package directions for handling.

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