As Thanksgiving approaches and you begin to prepare for your Thanksgiving turkey dinner, you may be having questions about how much turkey you need per person, or how long it takes to thaw a frozen turkey. Finally, there is the all-important “How long do I need to roast my turkey?”
Here are three guides to follow to help you achieve your perfect Thanksgiving turkey.
When you are planning your Thanksgiving turkey dinner, it can be overwhelming wondering how much to serve per person. You will want to have enough for each person to have at least two servings and enough for turkey leftovers.
Up to 12 pound turkey = 1 pound per person
Over 12 pound turkey = 3/4 pounds per person
Bone-in breast = 1/2 pound per person
Boneless breast = 1/3 pound per person
Turkey Thawing Guide
Refrigerator thawing is the recommended method for thawing turkey. It used to be common practice to thaw turkey in the sink with cold water. The problem with this method is that bacteria can grow on the turkey while it is thawing. This is the reason that refrigerator thawing is recommended.
6 to 8 pounds = 1 to 1 3/4 days
8 to 12 pounds = 1 to 2 days
12 to 16 pounds = 2 to 3 days
16 to 20 pounds = 3 to 4 days
Bone and breast = 1 to 2 days
Boneless breast roll = 1 1/2 to 2 days
Turkey Roasting Guide
Preheated 325 degrees F oven.
6 to 8 pounds = 2 1/4 to 3 1/4 hours
8 to 12 pounds = 3 to 4 hours
12 to 16 pounds = 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours
16 to 20 pounds = 4 to 5 hours
Bone and breast = 1 1/2 to 2 1/4 hours
Boneless breast roll = 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 hours
Shauna Hanus is a gourmet cook who specializes in creating gourmet recipes. She has extensive experience cooking with easy-to-find grocery items to create delightful gourmet meals. Permission to reprint article given by Momsmenu.com.
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