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Old 10-21-2011, 12:06 AM   #1
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Oven is slow when cooking a turkey

I have a GE profile gas range with lower oven, model PGB918SEMSS. It was purchased last year. The problem I am having is that the oven is very slow when cooking a turkey. Last year, a 13.5 pound turkey at 350 degrees took 5 and a half hours to cook and the meat by the bone was still red. I made sure the turkey was completely thawed before cooking. I cooked turkeys in my old oven I had before this in the exact same way without problems. The turkey was cooked in one of the disposable tins that you buy in a grocery store. I have made 3 turkeys so far using this oven and continually have the same problem that the oven is very slow when cooking a turkey. I also raised the cooking temperature but the turkey then becomes dry and have used the probe that came with the oven and that takes just as long. I also calibrated the oven 10 points but that didn't make a big difference.

I would appreciate any comments or suggestions that anyone may have.


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Old 10-21-2011, 07:02 AM   #2
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How is the oven for cooking baking other foods? Do you have a thermometer that you could use to check that the temperature really gets to 350 in the oven when you set it to 350?

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Old 10-21-2011, 07:47 AM   #3
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When I used to buy organic, free-range turkeys, they cooked a lot faster than "battery" farm turkeys. If your oven temperature is correct, it could be the grade of turkey you are cooking. Just a thought.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:16 PM   #4
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Get an oven thermometer.

Jack it up to 375, too.
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Old 10-26-2011, 12:04 AM   #5
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Other foods cook more or less within a reasonable amount of time. I have used an oven thermometer before and the oven always read (within a few degrees) the correct temperature that I set it to. Thank you for your ideas. It just seems that cooking a turkey is a problem with this oven.
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