How to Take a Turkey's Temperature
The best way to guarantee guests a perfectly roasted, juicy turkey―one that’s not over- or undercooked―is to get a clear thermal read on your bird. This video shows how to take your turkey out of the oven at just the right temperature.
What You Need
- turkey, meat thermometer
HeaderInsert thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh
Slip your meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey thigh, pricking the bird just above the crease between the thigh and the place where the turkey breast begins, and driving it into the thigh meat. When the counter reads 165 degrees, your turkey is ready.
<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> Make sure your thermometer doesn’t touch a bone, or you’ll get an inaccurate reading.
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HeaderRemove turkey from oven and let it rest
When the turkey is cooked, take it out of the oven, cover it loosely with aluminum foil, and let it sit for 30 minutes. This will allow the cooking juices to be reabsorbed by the turkey, which will ensure moist, tender meat.<br/><br/>Find a <a target="_self" href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/basic-roast-tu... turkey recipe</a> here.
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