How to Microwave a Turkey

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When preparing to cook a turkey, most people immediately think of using a conventional oven. However, did you know that it is also possible to prepare a turkey using your microwave oven? This guide will provide you with step by step instructions on how to prepare a delicious "baked" turkey using your microwave oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Turkey
  • Microwave
  • Large microwave-safe roasting bag
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Meat thermometer
  • Prep your defrosted turkey by removing all giblets and applying spices and seasonings to taste.

  • Take a large microwave safe roasting bag and place the turkey inside the bag. Loosely seal the bag with a non metal tie. The bag must be allowed to vent.

  • Place the bagged turkey on a microwave safe plate.

  • When putting the turkey into the microwave make sure there are three inches of top clearance and another two to three inches of space around the turkey.

  • Cooking times will vary depending on oven wattages, generally, nine to ten minutes per pound at fifty percent power is recommended. Consult your owners manual.

  • If your microwave does not have a turntable, rotating the turkey approximately halfway through the cooking time will ensure even doneness.

  • After the turkey has finished cooking open the roasting bag and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the bird to make sure that it has reached an internal temperature of at least one hundred sixty five degrees.

  • When the turkey is done allow it to stand for twenty minutes before carving.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your owners manual before cooking.
  • Use a microwave safe roasting bag to aid even cooking.
  • Never attempt to microwave a turkey that is larger than twelve to fourteen pounds or that is too large for your microwave.
  • Do not attempt to microwave a frozen turkey.
  • Stuffing should not be prepared inside a microwaved turkey. Prepare it separately and add it to the bird after cooking.
  • Allow enough room between the bird and the top/sides of the microwave.
  • Make sure that the internal temperature of the turkey reaches at least one hundred sixty five degrees.

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