The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service suggests how to ensure that your turkey is properly cooked and prepared:
· Take in account factors that influence how long your turkey will take to cook, from its size to its storage temperature.
· Completely thaw the turkey before cooking.
· Roast it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
· Use a roasting pan of 2 inches to 2.5 inches deep.
· If you stuff the turkey, make sure stuffing is loosely packed inside.
· Check the temperature of both the stuffing and the turkey with a food thermometer; temperature should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
· Make sure the turkey cooks long enough, and allow 20 minutes before carving.
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