Turkey Size and Cook Time

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.
— Guy Fieri

To kick off our Countdown to T Day, We wanted to provide insight on the staple of Thanksgiving. The Turkey. No matter the size of the family or the Turkey there are a set of easy to follow guidelines for a stress-free success. Each segment in our countdown to T-Day we will be creating and adding to our list of Golden Rules. Why?- We want to help everyone we can have as a happy of a day as we will be, and we believe that starts with delicious foods, love, and Parm Dip of course. 

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Turkey Size Chart

Our handy chart can help determine the size Turkey you will require for your gathering. It is safe to assume most Thanksgiving professionals will consume ~1.5 pounds.  If you want leftovers like our family most often does aim for 2 pounds per person or more! Keep your storage in mind and stock up on sandwich bags. Stay tuned for our T-Day Leftover Recipes to help keep those leftover creative and delicious.  

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Time Chart

A convenient ratio to remember is 1 pound equals 20 minutes of cook time at 350 degrees. For a perfect golden skin and even cooking place the turkey on a raised grate and baste often. Thaw your turkey well in advanced if it is frozen. For stuffing ideas and inspirations be sure to read our segment on Turkey Stuffing where Chef Cheryl gives the low down on one of the most coveted side dishes, and also one of the main ingredients in our favorite Thanksgiving Panini recipes. 


Golden Rules

Follow these Rules for Thanksgiving success!

1. The turkey is not fully cooked until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 165 degree F.

2. Budget an extra 30-45min before your meal in case of food emergencies and tardy friends and family.


Thank you for reading and learning from us, In our next segment we will go over some of Chef Cheryl’s Turkey Classic Recipes!

From Us to You at The Little Red Kitchen

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