Turkey Per Person
1.25 pounds of turkey per guest
12-13 pounds feeds a party of 9 to insure leftovers figure 1.5 pounds per person
Turkey cleaning and Preparation and
Thawing your Turkey
Frozen turkey can take several days to thaw.
Thawing in the fridge: One day of thawing per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.
Thawing in water bath: A half hour of thawing per pound of turkey.
Clean a Turkey
Most turkeys come with the neck and giblets inside the bird.
Remove these and set aside to cook separately.
Rinse out the cavity of the bird with cold water and salt and then, use paper towels to pat the bird dry, including inside the cavity.
A classic rub made from thyme, garlic powder and salt and pepper works great as a rub.
Temperature to Cook a Turkey
Set oven to 325°F to cook turkey evenly. Roast 22 to 24 minutes per pound (18 to 20 minutes per pound for unstuffed turkey),
If not a Butterball: brush with butter mixture after 1 hour and again after 1-1/2 hours. Baste with pan juices every hour.
After it's done, allow the bird to rest for at 20 least minutes before carving.
Stuffed Turkey cooking times
For 10- to 12-pound turkey, roast 3¼ hours to 3½ hours.
For 12- to 14-pound turkey, roast 3½ to 4 hours.
For 14- to 18-pound turkey, roast 4 to 4¼ hours.
For 18- to 20-pound turkey, roast 4¼ to 4¾ hours.
For 20- to 24-pound turkey, roast 4¾ to 5¼ hours.