When choosing a turkey to serve on Thanksgiving, figure 1 1/2 pounds per person. If you are serving 10 people on Thanksgiving, choose a bird that is 15 to 20 pounds. Smaller birds that weigh less than 12 pounds have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio, so figure two pounds per person.
What size turkey is most tender?
Size is key — smaller birds tend to be more tender; if you have a lot of guests coming, think about cooking two small turkeys instead of one large one. Gender plays a role too — female birds, known as hens, tend to be slaughtered younger (i.e., smaller); larger turkeys are typically males, known as toms or stags.
Is a 10 pound turkey too small?
Frankly, even a small turkey is fairly sizable; it’s never going to be like cooking a Cornish game hen. Most “small” turkeys range from 10 to 12 pounds, though you may be able to find one smaller.
What size turkey fits in a normal oven?
A normal bird size is 22-23 lbs. The pan size needed to accommodate the turkey may restrict sizing. Larger sized turkeys are baked on the lowest rack position in range/oven. A 30″ Freestanding Range (and most 2017 and newer Slide-in Ranges) will hold a turkey about 24-26 lbs.
Are Smaller turkeys more tender?
Smaller turkeys are younger and generally have moister, more tender meat. (By smaller, we mean turkeys weighing 12 pounds or less.)
How long should a 20 pound turkey cook at 350 degrees?
How long does a 20lb turkey take to cook at 350? If your turkey weighs 18 to 20 pounds, roast it at: 425°F for 3½ to 3¾ hours. 400°F for 3¾ to 4 hours. 350°F for 4 to 4¼ hours.
How long do you cook a 10 pound turkey?
All cook times are based on placing a whole unstuffed turkey on a rack in a roasting pan and into a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven.
How Long to Cook a Turkey.
|Turkey Weight||Servings||Cooking Time|
|10 to 12 lb||6 to 8||2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours|
|12 to 14 lb||8 to 10||2 3/4 to 3 hours|
|15 to 18 lb||10 to 12||3 1/4 to 4 hours|
Are small turkeys better?
Got a big crowd? Roast two smaller turkeys (12 pounds or less) instead of one large one. Smaller turkeys fit better in the fridge and roasting pan, plus they cook more quickly and evenly.
What do I do if my turkey is too big?
If your turkey is done several hours before your meal, let it rest. Then carve off the breast meat, the legs and the thighs and arrange them on a serving platter and cover with foil. Just before you’re ready to serve, reheat the platter in the oven (about 20 minutes at 350°F).
How do you cook a turkey that is too big?
The tried-and-true method for cooking your extra-large turkey is to roast it in the oven. The USDA recommends that you cook it at a temperature that is no lower than 325 F. An unstuffed, 20- to 24-pound bird will take an average of 4 1/2 to 5 hours to cook thoroughly.