How Long Does it Take To Cook a Turkey?

Well, we got a 22 pound turkey for Thanksgiving and i am not sure how long to cook it!
We're expecting around twenty guests and it should just be perfect.
My husband is trusting me on this one so I can't fail him, dinner should be superb.
How long does it take to cook a 9 pound turkey?

asked by Miranda in Cooking & Recipes | 3904 views | 11-26-2009 at 07:24 PM

15 minutes a pound for 19 pounds at 325 it should be ready unstuffed 3 to 3.5 hours, stuffed 3 hours 45 minutes to 4.5 hours. However if you deep fry the turkey in a turkey fryer its only 3 minutes a pound and tastes great. For years we got up early put it in the stove and drooled all day at the smell. Then being from the south where we are known to fry just about anything we tried this and wont ever shove a turkey in the oven again.

Variables That Affect Cooking Turkey :

A partially frozen turkey requires a longer cooking time
Dark roasting pans cook food faster than shiny metals
The depth and size of the pan can reduce heat circulation to all areas of a turkey
The use of a foil tent for the entire cooking time can slow cooking
Use of a roasting pan lid speeds cooking
An oven cooking bag can accelerate cooking time
A stuffed turkey requires more time to cook
The oven may heat food unevenly

answered by Paige | 11-26-2009 at 07:25 PM

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