|Fresh Butterball Turkey|
10 to 18 lbs. for 6-12 people
18 to 24 lbs. for 12-16 people
24 to 30 lbs. for 16-20 people
Large size turkeys are not always available thru your local supermarkets and retailers. If you are cooking for a large number of people and it is not near a major holiday you may need to purchase 2 smaller turkeys. You may also think about buying the largest turkey you can find and supplementing it with an additional breast of turkey.
Roasting times for unstuffed turkeys in a 325 degree oven:
10 to 18 lbs. for 3 to 4 hours
18 to 24 lbs. for 4 to 5 hours
24 to 30 lbs. for 5 to 6 hours
Check for doneness by piercing thigh deeply with a fork. Juices should run clear and not pink. When checking with a meat thermometer check deep inside the the thigh without touching the bone. Thermometer should read 180 degrees F. If turkey is stuffed, the stuffing in center should reach a temperature of 165 degrees F.
How do I thaw a frozen turkey? The recommended way is to leave the bird in its original packaging in your refrigerator and allow 1 day for every 4 lbs. of turkey. The quick thaw method can be used if you don't have time to waste. To do this keep the turkey in its original wrapper, and place in sink with the breast side down. Fill sink with cool to cold tap water to completely cover the turkey. \Change the water several times to keep the surface of turkey cold. Allow 30 minutes for every 1 pound of turkey.