'Tis The Season: Poultry Cooking Chart For Thanksgiving

November 4, 2015


PROTIP: Adjust according based on the number of over-eaters in your family.

This is a handy poultry cooking chart created by the folks at Personal Creations detailing how much bird to buy for how many people, and how long to cook it. It's for people who might be new to hosting Thanksgiving. Or for people who are used to hosting Thanksgiving, but suck at getting the right amount of food. It is not for vegetarians. What are your Thanksgiving traditions? My family gets drunk as shit the night before, everyone wakes up hungover, then goes to the one restaurant in town that's open on Thanksgiving. Afterwards we all get drunk again and watch my aunts scream at each other and duke it out on the porch.

Thanks to Julissa, who agrees it sucks there's only one day of giving thanks, and 364 days of ingratitude.

  • Forblat

    2 lbs of Turkey per person. I see they take advice from my mother-in-law.

  • Brian Michael Cooper

    That's a very sad quail. I barely want to eat it, it's so sad.

  • disqus_Puhs0ktiPv

    The quail looks like the partridge from The Partridge Family

  • sizzlepants

    Undercooked turkey WILL fuck you up. Do not simply rely on a chart (though it's a good way to plan your day). Ovens vary and fresh vs. frozen makes a difference as well. I've never bought a turkey bigger than about 10-12lbs, never stuffed, and never had one ready in less than 4 hours... (and no, they were not overcooked).

    You can either use a meat thermometer and jab it into the thickest part of the breast and make sure it's cooked to a safe temp (at least 170F or about 80C). Or you can use the riskier method of grabbing the drumstick and rotating it, if it spins smoothly and doesn't feel like any of the meat was still clinging to the bone it -should- be good to go.

    Stuffing is also risky depending on how and when the turkey was stuffed as it's possible for the stuffing to become contaminated with salmonella. If you bought it frozen and pre-stuffed don't let it get completely thawed before placing it in the oven. if it wasn't stuffed then wait until you're about to put it in the oven before adding the stuffing.

    Being a dude I go with simplicity - Stove Top stuffing. As for the turkey, just chop up an onion or two, put that in the hole, maybe add some mushrooms and / or celery if you have some, Really anything with a lot of liquid that will provide aromatic moisture within the turkey as it cooks (it's really not stuffing though, it'll turn to mush by the time it's ready). Keep it covered in foil until the final hour or so, baste it on the regular the whole time. Then I use the twisty leg method to check preparedness. My turkeys have always turned out awesome.

  • PeakEverything

    Suggestion: Cook the Turkey it the Heston way. http://www.gourmettraveller...

  • Kanger

    Doesn't include turkey deep frying instructions. Fail.

  • RiotDemon

    Fried turkey is great! If you don't have a fryer, this is the second best way:

  • PeakEverything
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