Roasting Directions for Fresh Turkeys

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 Set oven temperature at 350 degrees
WeightRoasting Time*
8 - 12 pounds 2 – 2 ½ hours
12 - 16 pounds 2 ½ - 3 ¼ hours
16 - 20 pounds 3 ¼ - 3 ¼ hours
20 - 24 pounds 3 ¾ - 4 ½ hours
 *Add ½ hour for stuffed turkeys

Roast turkey in uncovered pan at 350 degrees for time indicated on the roasting chart. When turkey is golden brown, place a tent of foil over the turkey loosely to avoid over-browning.
We highly recommend the use of both oven thermometers and meat thermometers. Insert the meat thermometer into the breast not touching the bone - a reading of 174 - 176 degrees means the turkey is done.
Due to possible variance in oven thermometers we strongly recommend that all ovens be checked at least once every 3 months. The average household may find an oven thermostat variance as high as 100 degrees.
Carving: after removing turkey from the oven, allow it to set for at least 30-40 minutes before carving. Not only will the meat slice much easier, but this time will permit the juices to be absorbed evenly, resulting in a tender, more tasty turkey.
Turkey tender: these timers are programmed to activate when the turkey reaches the proper internal temperature, 174 - 176 degrees. If it has not activated with 1/2 hour from scheduled roasting time, remove the turkey from the oven and check for doneness.
Stuffing heating directions: The USDA recommends cooking your stuffing outside of the turkey and making sure that it reaches a temperature of 165 °F even when cooked outside the bird. Place the stuffing (covered) in a 350 degree oven and heat for about 30 - 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 °F.

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