FAQ: How to cook a 24 pound turkey?

How long does it take to cook a 24 pound turkey?

If your turkey weighs 24 pounds, roast it at: 425°F for 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours. 400°F for 4½ to 4¾ hours. 350°F for 4¾ to 5 hours. 325°F for 5 to 5¼ hours.

How long does it take to cook a 24 pound turkey at 325 degrees?

For a 20 to 24 pound turkey, roast at 325°F for 4½ to 5 hours.

Do you cook a turkey at 325 or 350?

Turkey (weight with giblets): Bake at 350° for 1 1/2-2 1/4 hrs. For a 14 to 23 lb turkey (weight with giblets): Bake at 325° for 2 to 3 hours. For a 24-27 lbs.

How long do you cook a fresh 25lb turkey?

A 25-pound turkey would take around 5 hours and 30 minutes to cook until done – when a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast and thigh registers 165 F, according to the extension from the University of Minnesota.

How do I keep my turkey moist?

Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe Choose fresh turkey instead of frozen. Roast two small turkeys instead of one large one. Brine the turkey. Rub soft butter under the skin. Close loosely, or not at all. First roast the turkey upside down. Don’t overcook it. Let the turkey rest before carving it.

What is the best temperature to cook a turkey?

165°F is the USDA recommended internal temperature for cooked turkey.

How long should a 20 pound turkey cook at 350 degrees?

We recommend roasting the turkey at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes per pound for an unstuffed turkey.

Do you cook a turkey covered or uncovered?

Always cook your turkey until the skin is lightly browned. Cover your roasting pan with a lid or aluminum foil and cook covered for 2 hours (depending on the size of your poultry) and uncovered the remaining time. Baste your turkey every half hour or so.

How long should you cook a turkey at 325?

This USDA table is based on a 325°F oven and a fully thawed or fresh bird. (For an unstuffed bird, we’re talking about 15 minutes per pound.)

How long should a 20lb turkey cook at 325?

If you bake it at 325°F (the lowest temperature recommended by the USDA), you’ll need to bake a 20lb turkey in the oven for 4-5 hours if unstuffed, and 4¼-5 ¼ hours if it’s stuffed.

Should I cover my turkey with aluminum foil?

Just be sure to uncover the lid about 30 minutes before the turkey is done cooking so the skin has a chance to crisp up. Covering the bird with foil mimics what a roasting pan lid would do – it traps steam and moisture so the turkey doesn’t dry out – while allowing the skin to crisp up.

How often to water a turkey?

Basting is optional when roasting a turkey. The key to ensuring a moist turkey is not to overcook it. Try using a remote digital thermometer that will let you know when the turkey is fully cooked but still juicy. If you choose to hose down the bird, do so every 30 minutes.

How long do you cook a 27 pound turkey?

When you’re ready to roast your turkey, here’s what our test kitchen and the folks at Butterball suggest for 24-30 pound turkeys: Cooking time for 24-30 pound turkey (unstuffed): Cook for 4 ½ to 5 hours at 325°F.

How long does it take to defrost a 25 lb turkey?

The USDA recommends thawing your turkey in the refrigerator. This is the safest method, as the turkey will thaw at a consistent, safe temperature. This method takes some time, so allow one day for every 4-5 pounds of weight.

Is it better to cook a turkey in a convection oven or a regular oven?

What are the benefits of using a convection oven? Using a convection oven allows for more efficient cooking. Because the hot, dry air blows directly over the food, your dishes will cook about 25% faster in a convection oven.