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I can't find my meat thermometer! How do I know if my turkey's fully cooked?!?!?

It's over 20 lbs, I'm pretty sure it was completely thawed. I have it in my electric roaster with one of those big cans of chicken broth (48 oz maybe?) poured over it. I started it at 250, turned it up to 300 after a while. I honestly don't remember what time I started it or anything - closest guess is it's been going for about 4 hours. The wings are starting to separate, but how do I know if the breast & especially the thighs are done?! I don't want to cut in and lose all the juices, and I have it breast down so I can't wiggle a leg like I've heard of doing either.


Asked by idareyou at 2:30 PM on Jan. 16, 2013 in Food & Drink

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    Are you cordial with any neighbor that might let you borrow one?

    Answer by staciandababy at 3:49 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • Approximate Roasting Times for Unstuffed Turkey
    Turkey Weight
    6 to 8 pounds 2-1/2 to 3 hours
    8 to 12 pounds 3 to 4 hours
    12 to 16 pounds 4 to 5 hours
    16 to 20 pounds 5 to 5-1/2 hours
    20 to 24 pounds 5-1/2 to 6 hours

    These are for oven temp of 325

    Answer by booklover545 at 4:34 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • Did it come with a little pop up thing?

    Answer by 3libras at 2:34 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • No pop up timer - I haven't trusted those in the past though because I've had them pop out before the turkey's done and I've had them never pop out.

    Comment by idareyou (original poster) at 2:44 PM on Jan. 16, 2013

  • oh crud, you have to guess?

    Answer by staciandababy at 3:48 PM on Jan. 16, 2013