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Old 12-23-2012, 09:51 AM   #21
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So do you have a question, or were you presenting this method for discussion, or what? Not sure of the purpose of this thread.
I really need advice because I'm afraid to cook this turkey. My other half is in Japan and I'm here all by myself and would like to have some turkey sandwiches. I'm going to the store and get a pan and I'll see if they have a thermometer but I'm never use one. I really want this turkey cook done because I know if I over cook it I'll be ok and I'm ok with that but I am so afraid of undercooking it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #22
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Well don't be afraid to cook it. Do plan to have a great tasting turkey :)

A good resource for questions is the Butterball Hotline. They have been advising people how to make good turkeys for years.

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Old 12-23-2012, 10:23 AM   #23
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Using a thermometer tells you two things. It tells you when it's done, safe to eat, and it stops you from overcooking it "just to be safe". Overcooking is why turkeys are dry.

Turkey is safe to eat as soon as it reaches an internal temperature of 161F. Beyond that you start drying out the meat and there's no going back. Wrapping it in foil WILL NOT keep it from drying out.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:56 AM   #24
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I went to the store and bought a pan and a turkey bag which I never used before and the bag say 350 degrees. So I'll try it and cook it for 4 hours. I was told that the turkeys come with a thermometer installed? I bought a butterball so I don't know? I'm sure I wouldn't put the thermometer in the right place because I never did that before.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:17 AM   #25
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If your goal is to overcook it you'll likely succeed on doing that.

If you want meat that is safe to eat and not dry and stringy go back and get a meat thermometer. They are super easy to use.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:17 AM   #26
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I'm so glad you bought a turkey bag and will be using it instead of foil.....you will be pleasantly surprised with your turkey. Just follow the directions on the bags and you can't go wrong.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #27
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Some turkeys come with a little plastic pop-up thermometer. When that pops up the turkey is done. 350F is ok for cooking it. Don't go by time. When the pop-up pops up. it's done. Take it out and let it rest for 30 minutes before cutting into it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:27 PM   #28
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If your goal is to overcook it you'll likely succeed on doing that.

If you want meat that is safe to eat and not dry and stringy go back and get a meat thermometer. They are super easy to use.
Tomorrow I will find out (That is when it will of been in the refreg for 72 hours) if the butterball turkey comes with a pop up thermometer or not but at 350 for 4 hours. Is there a chance that would undercook it? I have a modern over but I haven't used an oven in over 5 years. Thank god it's electric. I just want some turkey on bread with cranberry sauce and I'm really easy to please. I just worry because I have a sensitive stomach.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #29
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You keep asking the same question even though we give you answers. You seem intent on cooking it for 4 hours instead of taking advantage of the advice you've been given by a host of experienced cooks.

I hope you enjoy your turkey.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:47 PM   #30
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Just follow the directions on your turkey bag. You won't get sick. You are going to be able to enjoy that sandwich. Good luck and let us know how it comes out.
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