Turkey Basics

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Thermometer Tips

  • Use a thermometer to ensure that the turkey and the stuffing have reached a safe temperature for consumption.
  • A meat thermometer is used for larger cuts of poultry (and meat). Insert the thermometer into the turkey at the beginning of the cooking time, making sure it doesn't touch bone or the pan.
  • An instant-read thermometer, also called a rapid-response thermometer, measures a wide range of temperatures. These thermometers are not designed to stay in food during cooking. Remove the food from the oven, then insert the thermometer into the thickest portion of the food, not touching bone or pan.
  • Check a thermometer for accuracy by submerging at least 2 inches of the stem of the thermometer in boiling water. It should read 212 degrees F.


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