Moist & Tender Turkey or Slow-Roasted Salmonella?
I'd like to roast my turkey at 240 degrees this Thanksgiving, based on something I heard on America's Test Kitchen. They neglected to mention how long it would take to cook (per pound) at that temperature. Is there a way I can calculate how long that might take? I can only find information on time at 350 degrees or more, or in a smoker. Thank you.
Both USDA and OSU recommend roasting the turkey at 325 degrees F. to assure a safe end product. Be sure that you use a thermometer to check the final temperature has reached 165 degrees F. when measured in the thickest part of the thigh.
If you use a lower temperature you have more time for microorganisms to multiply before they are killed so you need to be extra sure to have a thermometer on hand to check the final temperature of the bird. (165 degrees F). I definitely would not stuff the bird when roasting at a lower temperature. You could probably add about 25% to the time but that is an educated guess, be sure to check the temperature often the last couple of hours.
OSU has a has a great handout on turkey basics (https://extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/documents/8836/sp501000turkeybasics.pdf) that can be found on the OSU Extension Service FCH Food Preservation website (https://extension.oregonstate.edu/food/preservation). It will give you times for safely thawing and roasting your turkey.
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