Let's Talk Turkey

Posted by Tamara Williams on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 8:18am.

We know preparing for Thanksgiving day can be stressful so we have made it easy with these great Turkey Tips!

Turkey Cooking Times

Cook until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F
*Approximate times*

Unstuffed 325F
8-12 lbs • 2.75-3 hours
12-14 lbs • 3-3.75 hours
14-18 lbs • 3.75-4.25 hours
18-20 lbs • 4.25-4.5 hours
20-24 lbs • 4.5-5 hours

Stuffed 325F
8-12 lbs • 3-3.5 hours
12-14 lbs • 3.5-4 hours
14-18 lbs • 4-4.25 hours
18-20 lbs • 4.25-4.75 hours
20-24 lbs • 4.75-5.25 hours

Turkey Thawing Times

*Never use a dishwasher or hot water to thaw a turkey*
Replace cold water every 30 minutes

Refrigerator
5 lbs • 1 day
5-10 lbs • 2 days
10-15 lbs • 3 days
15-20 lbs • 4 days
20-25 lbs • 5 days

Cold Water
5 lbs • 2.5 hours
5-10 lbs • 2.5-5 hours
10-15 lbs • 5-7.5 hours
15-20 lbs • 7.5-10 hours
20-25 lbs • 10-12.5 hours

Turkey Serving Sizes

*Use leftovers for delicious soups and sandwiches or give some to your guests to take home*

Just Enough
8-12 lbs • 8-12 people
12-14 lbs • 12-14 people
14-18 lbs • 14-18 people
18-20 lbs • 18-20 people
20-24 lbs • 20-24 people

Leftovers
8-12 lbs • 5-8 people
12-14 lbs • 5-9 people
14-18 lbs • 9-12 people
18-20 lbs • 12-13 people
20-24 lbs • 13-16 people

** Times and sizes may vary, please use safety precautions when handling raw meat.**
***Sourced from USDA***

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