Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we are here to help make your turkey day more manageable! We usually receive many questions this time of year regarding turkey sizes, shipping, thawing and cooking so we wanted to put together a post that would hopefully help answer any questions that might arise.
First – you need the right bird!
- We have free-range turkeys available now ranging from 10-22 lbs.
- We suggest ordering no later than November 15th to ensure a timely delivery and time to thaw the bird.
- Figure one pound of turkey per guest.
- If you don’t like turkey, pork loin and prime rib also make great centerpieces to any dinner table!
Second – prepping is essential!
- Allow enough time to completely thaw your turkey, according to the USDA it’s best to plan for a slow, safe thaw in your refrigerator.
- Figure thawing 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs. So a 20-lb turkey would need to thaw for approximately 4 days.
Third – cook the bird!
- USDA cooking time recommendations are below:
|Weight||Unstuffed Timing||Stuffed Timing|
|8-12 lbs||2:45 – 3 hours||3 – 3:30 hours|
|12-14 lbs||3 – 3:45 hours||3:30 – 4 hours|
|14-18 lbs||3:45 – 4:15 hours||4 – 4:15 hours|
|18-20 lbs||4:15 – 4:30 hours||4:15 – 4:45 hours|
|20-24 lbs||4:30 – 5 hours||4:45 – 5:15 hours|
- These times are based on a 325-degree F oven temperature.
- Cook until reaching a 165-degree F internal temperature.
- Allow your turkey to rest approximately 10 minutes before carving.
Here’s a short 5-minute video tutorial from foodwishes.com if you’d like some more turkey cooking tips.
If you want to try some new or different Thanksgiving recipe ideas, here are some great links to check out: