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Turkey Question - Phred - 11-26-2009 09:01 AM

I have a question about cooking a turkey. I've read that the internal temperature of the breast meat should be brought up 165 degrees while the the temperature inside the thigh should be 180 degrees or so. How do you get the the dark meat up to 180 without totally drying out the breast meat?

Phred

P.S. Here's dessert for today

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Re: Turkey Question - SoEzzy - 11-26-2009 07:26 PM

The two cook at different rates, if you choose to only take the temperature of your bird once, there is most often a 10 - 15 F difference between the thigh and the breast with the breast taking longer to get up to temperature due to the mass of the muscle.

If you take the temperature in the thigh and its at 145, the temperature in the breast will only be 130 - 135, so when the breast is cooked at 160 +, the thigh will already be at 170 +.

I give the 160 + as at that temperature it will cook on as the bird rests, and hit the perfect FDA 165 +.


Re: Turkey Question - T - 11-28-2009 05:36 PM

Yo Phred, man that pie is the real deal! As a kid I worked a group of them bad boys, next time bring a brotha a slice!


Re: Turkey Question - sampson - 11-28-2009 06:03 PM

Phred!!! Dude, I'll pay for a slice of that right now, do you deliver?


Re: Turkey Question - Three4Que - 11-28-2009 06:18 PM

Phred, I love Pecan Pie!! Where can I get a slice? My sis is in Denver for the Holidays! :cry: