How to Keep Turkey Warm & Moist After Cooking


After you select the right turkey to cook, you will soon be preparing it to roast in the oven. Roasting a turkey in the oven can be a challenge, and you want everything to turn out right so that everyone enjoys the poultry. After you spend the time to cook the turkey, you will need to properly keep it warm and moist or it can dry out. If you do not allow the juices to distribute throughout the turkey before you carve it, you can end up with meat that lacks flavor and tastes dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Aluminum foil
  • Towel

Short Term

Step 1

Remove the turkey from the oven.

Step 2

Allow the turkey to sit for 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature. This will allow the juices to spread throughout the turkey to keep it moist.

Step 3

Carve the turkey and serve immediately.

Long Term

Step 1

Remove the turkey from the oven.

Step 2

Keep the turkey in the roasting pan. Wrap foil around the turkey and the pan.

Step 3

Place a large towel over the turkey for one to two hours to keep it moist and warm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Refrigerate leftover turkey for three to four days.
  • Never leave a turkey sit out at room temperature longer than two hours.
  • The turkey breast must reach an internal temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit, and the thigh must reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit. The center of the stuffing inside a turkey needs to reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.


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