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What is the recommended temperature to use when roasting a turkey?

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Food safety regulations say that a turkey should be roasted at a temperature no lower than 325 F. It is possible to roast a turkey at various different temperatures, depending on the desired result, cooking time and size of turkey.

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What is the recommended temperature to use when roasting a turkey?
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Both methods will work, but roasting a turkey at a low temperature for a long time will have a different result to roasting it at a high temperature for a short time, according to Epicurious. This food website suggests a range of temperatures for different sizes of turkey. For example, a turkey that weighs 18 to 20 lbs. should be roasted at 425 F for 3 1/2 hours, or at 325 F for 4 1/2 hours, or somewhere in between that range.

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