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Holiday Turkey – Roasting Times

Posted by | March 29, 2011

How long does it take to roast a turkey? Many factors lengthen or decrease cooking times: the position of the oven racks, the size and depth of your roasting pan, and whether or not your oven temperature is accurate. Cooking takes longer when you:

  • Start with a partially frozen turkey
  • Use a foil tent through the cooking process
  • Stuff a turkey
  • Use a pan that is too large for the oven and blocks heat circulation
  • Or when you choose a turkey that is too large for your oven, also blocking heat circulation.

Cooking takes less time when you:

  • Use a dark roasting pan instead of a shiny metal pan
  • Or when you add a lid or an oven cooking bag

No matter how long your turkey roasts, always use a meat thermometer and check for doneness.

For more information, call the USDA meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854.