28 llb turkey

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Sweetpea1602

28 llb turkey

Just bought half price turkey! It's massive and not sure how long to cook some sites say 5 hours others say 7 hours. If I put in oven ( unstuffed) and let cook for say 7 hours and let it rest ( Jamie says let it rest as long as you cook it) for 6 hours will it be OK. Should I use tin foil tent Delia suggests. Please some help!

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Welshcookie

Turkey

Do you really need a 28lb turkey?

If not, try removing some of it for another time. Legs, thighs, wings, perhaps. Or maybe turn it into a Crown Roast.

If you leave it to rest for too long it will be stone cold!!

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Queen of Puds

28lb turkey

That is a pterodactyl. Are you expecting many for dinner - like the whole GB Olympic team? How big is your oven?

I think an hour resting should be long enough though - but I think I agree with Welshcookie & would also chop the legs & wings off.

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Janice

28lb turkey

Wow you could do a family roast from just the legs! I usually roast a 16lb - 20lb turkey , but agree with Welshcookie too, that trimming it down is a good suggestion. Of course it depends how many you are cooking for and/or like lots of cooked turkey left over. I don't think even here in the US I have seen a turkey that size for sale!

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Sweetpea1602

Thanks

Trouble is I asked butcher for a bargain and he brought that turkey out! He let me have it for half price and I couldn't refuse. Cost me £48 which I thought was a bargain. We are feeding 11 was originally for 4 but ave now combined with my sisters because it s so big! Will it definitely cook all the way through?

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Queen of Puds

Whopper

Have you got a meat thermometer?

If so, t'internet says you want an internal temp (thickest part of breast) between 165 and 175 deg - and if it is resting for an hour, it will carry on cooking. Certainly don't stuff the cavity though - (partly because you'd need the world Hovis mountain to do it) but that would mean it took longer to heat through. It certainly sounds like a bargain though!

One link says: Turkey Farmers of Canada recommends cooking a whole turkey to an internal temperature of 170°F (77°C) in the breast and 180°F (82°C) in the thigh.

No idea if that helps - I have never cooked anything so bloody huge!

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Gerry

Sweetpea's 28lb turkey

How was it? Would love to know.

 
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