How to Take a Turkey's Temperature
WHAT YOU NEED
- meat thermometer
Insert 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.
Tip: Make sure your thermometer doesn’t touch a bone, or you’ll get an inaccurate reading.
Remove 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.
Find a simple turkey recipe here.