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How long should you cook a turkey based on its weight by pound?

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Roast a defrosted turkey for 20 minutes per pound in a 350-degree-Fahrenheit oven. However, if the bird is fresh, it should stay in the oven for only 10 to 15 minutes per pound.

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How long should you cook a turkey based on its weight by pound?
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Leave the turkey in the oven until an instant-read thermometer reads 165 F at the thigh. For a stuffed turkey, the internal temperature of the stuffing should also reach at least 165 F. A turkey right out of the oven continues to cook, and the internal temperature increases 5 to 10 degrees. After removing the bird from the oven, loosely place a foil tent over it for about 25 minutes before carving. This improves the bird's flavor and juiciness.

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