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How to Cook a Frozen Turkey

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How to Cook a Frozen Turkey Step 6 - Finishing Cooking the Turkey
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Stephanie Gallagher
The last step in how to cook a frozen turkey is to return the turkey to the oven (you can baste it first, if you like) to finish cooking.

The cooking time for the turkey depends on the size of the turkey. A 12-13 lb. turkey will take about 4-1/2 to 5 hours. A 14-18 lb. turkey will take 5-3/4 to 6-1/2 hours.

The only safe method for determining whether a turkey is finished cooking is by testing it with an instant-read thermometer (compare prices). Do not rely on the turkey's pop-up timer (they aren't accurate). Insert the thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh.

The turkey is ready when the instant-read thermometer registers at 165 degrees F.

Important: Let the turkey rest at least 30 minutes before carving. This allows the turkey to retain its moisture.

Also, do not try to stuff a frozen turkey. Do not try to microwave a frozen turkey or thaw a turkey on the countertop. None of these methods is safe. Click here for more on how to cook a frozen turkey.

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