Some tips from the USDA on cooking turkeys: Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 F. Preheating the oven is not necessary. Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. For safety and uniform doneness of the turkey, cook stuffing separately in a casserole. Use a food thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the stuffing has reached 165 F. If you choose to stuff a turkey, you must use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey and the stuffing. The temperature of a whole turkey must reach 180 F in the innermost part of the thigh and the center of the stuffing must reach 165 F. If the stuffing has not reached 165 F, continue cooking the turkey until the stuffing reaches 165 F. If the turkey has a "pop-up" temperature indicator, it is also recommended that a food thermometer be used to test in several places, including the innermost part of the thigh and the center of the stuffing. For more safety tips, check out www.fsis.usda.gov...
Tips offered for tasty, safe Thanksgiving Day turkeys
Tuesday, November 21, 2000