If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year, we’ve got everything you need to know about cooking the big bird. From thawing times and prep tips, to roasting temperatures and basting strategies for juicy turkey meat, this guide has all the information you need for a stress-free holiday feast.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. If you don’t have a thermometer to test the temperature, place a metal spoon in the oven for 5 minutes. If it’s hot enough, it should be warm to the touch.
Place turkey on a rack in roasting pan.
Place turkey on a rack in roasting pan. Make sure the rack is at least 1 inch away from the oven wall, as this will allow for even circulation of heat and prevent any parts of your turkey from burning. Elevate the bird by placing it breast side up, which allows for more even cooking throughout its mass.
Cover with foil and cook for 5 1/2 hours, then remove foil and baste with juices from pan every 30 minutes until skin is golden and crisp, about 1 hour more.
Remove the foil and baste every 30 minutes until skin is golden and crisp, about 1 hour more. The cooking times vary depending on the size of your turkey. To test for doneness, insert a meat thermometer into thickest part of thigh; it should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes before carving.
After the turkey has cooked, remove it from the oven and let it stand 15 minutes before carving. This will allow the juices to distribute throughout the meat, making it more tender and juicy.
Cooking times vary depending on the size of the turkey you’re cooking
You should know that cooking times vary depending on the size of the turkey you’re cooking. When calculating your cooking time, it’s important to consider both the weight and size of your bird. To find out how much time it will take for your turkey to reach doneness, first weigh it on a digital scale (you can also use an old-fashioned kitchen scale). Once you know how much weight is on there, multiply this number by 1 percent per pound for every 30 minutes or so until your meat thermometer reads 165 degrees Fahrenheit in its thickest part when inserted into the breast meat.
If you don’t have access to a digital scale or want an even more precise estimate for determining how long it will take before being ready to eat, here’s another formula: Multiply 4 plus 1/2 times by 2 divided by 3 equals xxx minutes; where “xxx” represents minutes until done!
We hope this article has helped you understand how long it takes to cook 14 lb turkey. As you can see, there are many factors that go into determining the cooking time of your turkey, including its size and how well done you want it. We hope that our tips and tricks for cooking an amazing Thanksgiving meal will help make this holiday season extra special!