How to Cook a Turkey (with Pictures)

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Before you cook a turkey, let it thaw completely in the fridge if it’s not already. Then, once it’s thawed, empty everything out of the turkey’s cavity, and fill the cavity with stuffing if you’d like. When you’re finished, brush some oil or butter over the turkey and season it. Next, place the turkey on a roasting pan, cover it with aluminum foil, and pop it in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook it for 20 minutes per 1 pound of meat, or 35 minutes per 1 pound if you added stuffing. Additionally, baste the turkey every 30 minutes so the skin cooks evenly, and remove the foil during the last 45 minutes of cooking. To learn how to carve a turkey once it’s out of the oven, scroll down!

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