What is the appropriate internal temperature of a cooked turkey?


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A cooked turkey should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit before the meat is safe to eat, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Consumers can cook the turkey to a higher temperature to suit their own tastes.

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Consumers should insert a food thermometer into the thickest part of the breast, inner thigh and inner wing area of the turkey to check the internal temperature. Turkey stuffing must also reach a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F. An appropriate temperature for roasting turkey in the oven is 325 degrees F. Roasting times depend on the size of the turkey and whether it includes stuffing. People can cook a frozen turkey without thawing it beforehand, but the cooking time takes significantly longer.

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