Daniel Traster: I am here to give you a few tips on cooking your turkey. First plan ahead, turkeys often are sold frozen and you want to give it a few days in the fridge so that it has a chance to thaw, 3 days is usually enough time.
When purchasing your turkey, you probably want to know how much to purchase. A good estimate is to assume one pound per person that you are serving. Next, let's talk about cooking temperatures. You want to cook at a temperature that allows your turkey to slowly roast; a nice temperature of 325 degrees gives you a large window, so that you don't overcook your turkey. You want to decide how long your turkey needs to roast. This is only an estimate, but assume about 15 minutes per pound of turkey, that will allow you to figure out when to put your turkey into the oven, but of course, because it's only an estimate you want to make sure that you use a food thermometer to check when your turkey is finally ready. An instant read thermometer works at the tip, and you insert the probe, so the tip is in the thickest part of the meat, you don't want to touch bone with the tip. The temperature you are looking for is a minimum of 165 degrees. When a turkey is finished and you have gotten the right temperature, you want to cover it with some foil and give it a chance to rest for about 20 minutes and that will let the residual temperature move towards the center and allows juices to distribute. So those are some great, quick and easy tips for cooking your turkey. Enjoy!