How Long to Cook the Turkey Per Pound?

Filed in Gather News Channel by on November 25, 2009 0 Comments

You’re probably making stuffing right now. Or maybe you’re setting the table or cutting the veggies for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. Inevitably at some point this evening, someone will want to know how long to cook the turkey per pound.

So….how long to cook a turkey per pound? There’s a simple chart in a cookbook that I’ve gone by for years and it has yet to do me wrong.

Two factors play into this equation. How many pounds does your turkey weigh? And is it stuffed or not?

How Long to Cook a Turkey Per Pound (Stuffed):

6 to 8 pound turkey…………..3 to 3 1/2 hours

8 to 12 pound turkey………..3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours

12 to 16 pound turkey………5 1/2 to 6 hours

16 to 20 pound turkey………6 to 6 1/2 hours

 

How Long to Cook a Turkey Per Pound (Unstuffed):

6 to 8 pound turkey……………2 1/2 to 3 hours

8 to 12 pound turkey………….3 to 4 hours

12 to 16 pound turkey………..4 to 5 hours

16 to 20 pound turkey………..5 to 5 1/2 hours

20 to 24 pound turkey………..5 1/2 to 6 hours

 

I’ve got two ten-pounders in the oven tonight, and will cook a 25-pounder in the morning.

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author who will be way too tired to eat by the time she does all this cooking! Visit Kim’s site at http://www.kimberlyripleywrites.com.

 

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