why must turkey be cooked at 165 degrees

This calculator tells you how much time is needed to properly cook a turkey. Simply enter the weight of your turkey in pounds and click calculate. A stuffed turkey requires about 15 minutes per pound while unstuffed turkeys require 12-15 minutes per pound. These times are based on a 325 degree Fahrenheit cooking temperature and should only be used as a guideline.


The only way to ensure a turkey is ready for safe consumption is with the use of a. Check the temperature at the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the thigh (not touching the bone). If you stuffed the turkey, you also need to check the temperature in the middle of the stuffing.


All three locations should read
at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reviewed by Wendy Marcason, RDN Don't rely upon sight, smell or taste alone to determine if your food is safe to eat. Make sure foods are cooked to a safe minimum internal cooking temperature by using the chart below and testing the food with a food thermometer to make sure this temperature is reached.


Ensuring foods reach this safe minimum internal temperature with a is the only reliable way to ensure safety and to determine the doneness of cooked meats, poultry, egg dishes and leftovers. Follow outlining how to safely use a food thermometer.

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