How to Take a Turkey’s Temperature
Get a perfectly cooked turkey with this guide to taking 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. In other words, find the right turkey temperature: You can’t just base it on how long to cook a turkey. This video shows how to take your turkey out of the oven at just the right temperature.
What you need
- meat thermometer
Follow these steps to take a turkey’s temperature
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.