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how long does it take to cook a 21 lb turkey?

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helbell

Asked by helbell at 12:52 PM on Nov. 25, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • check on www.butterball.com it will tell you everything about roasting your turkey.

    hypermamaz

    Answer by hypermamaz at 12:53 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Let's see, take 21#, multiply by the number of people you are serving, subtract the # of leftovers, divide by 27.....

    um, no. I think the first answer was better.
    kjrn79

    Answer by kjrn79 at 12:55 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Depends which turkey cooking camp you're in. If you do it 500 degrees for a half hour then turn down to 350 for the rest of the time, about 3ish hours - best to just use a thermometer, though. Take it out when the thermometer hits 160, then let it rest for at least 15 minutes before you try to cut it.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:55 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • about 30 minutes per pound if your slow roasting
    sweetstkissez22

    Answer by sweetstkissez22 at 12:59 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • The correct way to cook a turkey is 325 degree at 20 minutes per pound. It will take 7 hours to cook it so that it's moist and juicy. Cooking at a higher temperature will dry it out. For poultry the internal temperature should be 165 degrees in the thickest part of the turkey which is the thigh.
    Don't forget to tent the turkey with foil. Remove the foil that last 30 minutes to crisp and brown the skin.
    PrttyMstng

    Answer by PrttyMstng at 1:01 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Cooking at a higher temperature will dry it out.

    So will cooking it at a low temp all day. Start high and it self-sears, turn it down it finishes cooking.

    Like I said...depends which turkey camp you're in ;)
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:05 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • I use the reynold's wrap bag to cook it in. It makes it so moist and cooks it faster.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:32 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • 6-7 hours
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:38 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • i'd say at 325 around 6-7 hours
    NaKeYJaKeYsMoMy

    Answer by NaKeYJaKeYsMoMy at 1:48 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

  • Mine is 14 lbs and says to cook if for 3-5 hours at 185
    aubrees_mommie

    Answer by aubrees_mommie at 2:13 PM on Nov. 25, 2009

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