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# Question: How to cook a turkey quarter?

## How many minutes per pound do you cook a turkey four?

The simplest way to figure out turkey roasting times is to calculate 13 minutes per pound at 350°F for an unstuffed turkey (that’s about 3 hours for a 12- to 14-lb. turkey), or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey.

## What temperature do you cook turkey parts?

Turkey Part Cooking Times All of these recipes cook at the same temperature (350 F), so you can cook the parts at the time, even in the same pan; just stagger the start times.

## How long does it take to cook a 4 1/2 pound turkey?

1. 4 to 8 pounds (breast only): 1 1/2 to 3 1/4 hours.
2. 8 to 12 pounds: 2 3/4 to 3 hours.
3. 12 to 14 pounds: 3 to 3 3/4 hours.
4. 14 to 18 pounds: 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 hours.
5. 18 to 20 pounds: 4 1/4 to 4 1/2 hours.
6. 20 to 24 pounds: 4 1/2 to 5 hours.

## How do you keep turkey legs from drying out?

“When roasting the whole bird, the key is to cook the legs longer than the breast,” Tommy says. “Once the breast is cooked, remove the bird from the oven, remove the legs and then put them back in. This stops the breasts drying out.”

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## Is it better to cook a turkey at 325 or 350?

If you are cooking a small turkey, it should be cooked at 325 degrees for between 11/2 to 2 hours. If you are cooking a larger Turkey, use 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-5 pounds of bird per hour and increase about 20 minutes per pound for larger birds up to 18 pounds.

## Should I cover my turkey with aluminum foil?

Because roasting racks have shallower sides than roasters, more hot air can circulate around the turkey and make for extra-crispy skin. Covering the bird with foil mimics what a roaster lid would do — it traps steam and moistness so the turkey doesn’t dry out — all the while allowing the skin to crisp up.

## Should I cut the legs off my turkey?

Turkey Talk As a delicious added plus, separated legs can be slow-cooked to break down their connective tissue and provide a wonderfully silky mouthfeel.

## What do you do with the bag inside the turkey?

Giblets wrapped in paper can cook safely inside the cavity. If the giblets are wrapped in plastic, however, the plastic may melt inside the turkey and release harmful chemicals. In this case, discard the giblets and the turkey if the plastic has started to melt.

## How long does turkey pieces take to cook?

Place turkey on top of rack on top of vegetables, trying to leave a little space between the turkey pieces. Roast turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a breast piece registers 150°F (66°C), 2 to 3 hours total.

## Do you put water in the bottom of the roasting pan for turkey?

Place on the bottom of your roasting pan. Place the turkey, breast-side up on top of the vegetables. Add about a half-inch of liquid (water or stock) to the roasting pan. This will keep the oven moist, and the turkey juicy.

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## Should a turkey be cooked upside down?

Here are her three keys to cooking a perfect turkey: Cook the turkey breast side down. While the turkey roasts, the juices fall down towards the breast, resulting in the most succulent meat. The breast is also more protected from the heat, which helps keep it from getting too dried out.

## Is turkey done at 165 or 180?

While some recipes state that turkey should be cooked to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, the meat is safe to consume once it reaches the 165-degree mark. Cooking the breasts past 165 can result in dry meat, but the dark meat can be cooked to 180.

## Should I put butter or oil on my turkey?

Don’t butter your bird Placing butter under the skin won’t make the meat juicier, though it might help the skin brown faster. However, butter is about 17 percent water, and it will make your bird splotchy, says López-Alt. Instead, rub the skin with vegetable oil before you roast.

## How do you moisten a turkey?

Simply combine a few tablespoons of butter with a cup of broth (chicken or beef broth work best) for every two cups of turkey. Make sure the liquid isn’t too thick so that the dried bird actually absorbs it and you’re not left with a dripping mess.

## How do I keep my turkey moist?

Here is a fantastic tip: to protect the turkey breast and keep it juicy: Fold a large square sheet of foil into a triangle. Rub one side of your triangle with olive oil and shape the foil (oil-side-down) over the turkey breast, then remove foil; it will shield your turkey breast and keep it from getting dry.

## How often should you baste your turkey?

Most recipes will tell you to baste your turkey every thirty minutes. But our rule of thumb is actually every forty minutes, and here’s why. You don’t want to open the oven too many times, or else the whole bird will take much long to cook, and that’s a huge inconvenience.

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## Do you really need to baste a turkey?

Do Not Baste. Basting the skin is not necessary to flavor the meat. You’ll flavor the skin, but you’ll also let heat out of the oven each time you open it to baste. “That means the bird is going to be in there for a longer time cooking, which means it’s going to dry out more,” Brown says.

## How long do you cook a turkey at 350 degrees?

We recommend roasting turkey at 350 degrees F for 13 minutes per pound for an unstuffed turkey.

## Can you prepare a turkey the night before you cook it?

Place the turkey in a shallow dish just large enough to hold it and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for one or two days. The day before you plan to roast the turkey, remove the plastic wrap and leave the turkey in the fridge. The skin will dry out and turn a little translucent.

## When should you uncover your turkey?

That’s it! For extra crispness, refrigerate uncovered at least 2 hours (or overnight) to let the skin dry out a bit, or proceed directly to cooking. Even if you’re not someone who likes the skin, you should still leave it on the bird. The skin serves as a protective layer to keep your breast meat tender and moist.