How to Tell When a Turkey Is Done

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You've calculated the time it takes to cook the turkey, but you want to be absolutely sure it's done. Here's a way to tell.

Things You'll Need

  • Turkeys
  • Electric Carving Knives
  • Meat Thermometers
  • Platters
  • After your bird has roasted for approximately the right length of time (four hours for a 10-lb. bird, for example) insert a meat thermometer into the upper thigh of the turkey without touching the bone.

  • When the internal temperature reads 170 to 175 degrees F, the turkey is safe to eat.

  • Double-check the temperature reading by looking at the juices that flow from the point of insertion of the thermometer. When the juices are clear, the turkey is done.

Tips & Warnings

  • An instant-read thermometer is best for measuring the internal temperature of meats.
  • Ignore the turkeys that have pop-up indicators that are supposed to signal when the turkey is done. These indicators (you might call them idiot birds) can be faulty. You don't want an overly dry turkey.
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