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Updated on Nov 25, 2019. Posted on Nov 15, 2019

Only A Top Chef Can Get 8/8 On This "How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey" Quiz

Cooking a turkey is surprising hard. Are you up to the task?

  1. You're having 10 people over to eat at your Thanksgiving dinner. How big a turkey should you get?

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    15-20 pounds!

    According to Martha Stewart, you should get a 15-20 pound turkey for a party of ten.

  2. How long should you thaw/defrost a turkey in the fridge before cooking?

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    Five hours per pound!

    You'll need five hours per pound, according to Martha Stewart.

  3. At what temperature is it best to cook a turkey?

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    325°F-350°F

    For safety reasons, the USDA doesn't recommend cooking lower than 325°F. But if you cook your turkey at a higher temp than 350°F, it will likely come out dry.

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  4. Around how long should you cook a turkey in the oven?

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    15 minutes

    This can vary depending on the size of the bird and whether it is stuffed or unstuffed, but about 15 minutes is the best answer here.

  5. What minimum temperature should the innermost part of the thigh reach before eating your turkey?

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    165 °F

    According to the USDA, your bird's innermost part of the thigh should reach 165 °F to be safe to eat. A turkey with a 185 °F temperature would be safe to eat, but dry!

  6. Should you cook your stuffing inside the turkey?

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    Nope.

    Stuffing cooked inside the turkey will soak up the turkey's juices, so, in order for it to be safe to eat, it too must reach 165 °F. But if you leave it in long enough to reach that temperature, your bird will be overcooked. You're better off cooking your stuffing separately.

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  7. Is it a good idea to pat down your turkey with a paper towel before putting it in the oven?

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    Definitely pat it down!

    If you put the turkey in the oven as is, the skin will likely come out a little soggy at the end. For crispier, tastier skin, you'll want to pat down the turkey to soak up some of the moisture.

  8. When should you cut the turkey?

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    After 15 minutes

    If you cut the bird directly out of the oven, all of the juices will end up on the pan and your slices will be dry. Waiting at least 15 minutes is ideal, wait too much longer than that and your bird will be cold!

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