Use This Simple Chart To Know How Long To Cook A Turkey [Infographic]

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and if you’re hosting the big day, then the pressure to make the perfect meal has already started to mount. Turkeys always take longer than I expect so planning is key. For example, if you planning for a 3:00 p.m. dinner, then you want to make sure your fully thawed 15 lb. turkey is in the oven by 11:00 a.m.

Thankfully, Real Simple has created a great chart that provides all the details. Just print it out, follow the simple instructions and you will be good to go with one of the key aspects of your Thanksgiving meal.

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This Genius Trick Will Help Guarantee The Best Thanksgiving Turkey

Do you get stressed about making that huge, onerous Thanksgiving feast for your family?  There’s always a lot of pressure to make the perfect meal. We’ve all been to that Thanksgiving dinner where they serve the dried out turkey. Don’t let that happen when you’re in charge.

Thankfully, in the video above CHOW’s Associate Editor, Roxanne Webber, gives you the perfect rundown packed with easy tricks to make the perfect turkey.

A few key takeaways:

  • Don’t add stuffing. It will dry out the turkey.
  • Place butter pieces under the skin. Mmmmm, butter.
  • Cook your bird breast side down. This really works, I’ve tried it.

UPDATE:   A lot of readers commented that they’ve had great success with brining their turkey.  We couldn’t agree more. Here’s Alton Brown’s video on how a brine works.  It’s a great way to keep that turkey moist.  Thanks for the idea.

Good luck!