- 1 Do you remove the plastic piece from the turkey?
- 2 How do you remove a plastic hock lock from a turkey?
- 3 What is the plastic thing stuck in my turkey?
- 4 How do you remove a plastic turkey hanger?
- 5 Is a turkey done when the red thing pops?
- 6 Do turkey legs have to be tied?
- 7 How long do you cook a turkey?
- 8 What is the safest internal temperature for poultry?
- 9 Do all Butterball turkeys have pop up?
- 10 What can I use to Tie turkey legs together?
Do you remove the plastic piece from the turkey?
Speaking of plastic, turkeys usually come with a plastic or metal crimp, called a hock lock, holding the legs together at the back. You can leave it on or take it off; the legs may cook more evenly without it. Instead, cook the stuffing in a casserole for the last hour the turkey is roasting.
How do you remove a plastic hock lock from a turkey?
It is technically possible, though it can be tricky, to slip the ends of the legs out of the hock lock to gain access to the cavity, and then to slip them back in. To remove the hock lock completely, you essentially need to cut them, then tug to extract them from the various parts of the meat they are embedded in.
What is the plastic thing stuck in my turkey?
The “plastic thing” on the turkey legs is the hock lock. It secures the hind legs, or hock, of a chicken or turkey. It can be made of heat-resistant nylon or metal, and it’s perfectly safe to leave it in the bird while it roasts.
How do you remove a plastic turkey hanger?
Your turkey probably has a plastic or metal clamp thingie holding the legs together. If so, press down on the legs to release them from the clamp. You can leave the clamp in the bird, or remove it.
Is a turkey done when the red thing pops?
The soft metal (D in the image) is solid at room temperature but turns to a liquid (melts) at about 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73 degrees Celsius). When the metal melts, it releases the red stick (A) and the spring (C) pops up the stick so you know the turkey is done. If it registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s done.
Do turkey legs have to be tied?
Trussing is that final step in turkey prep when you wrap the turkey neatly in twine and tie the legs together. This causes the turkey to cook unevenly, and the breast meat tends to overcook while the legs are still roasting away.
How long do you cook a turkey?
Calculate Turkey Cooking Time and Temperature. The simplest way to figure out turkey roasting times is to calculate 13 minutes per pound at 350 °F for an unstuffed turkey (that’s about 3 hours for a 12- to 14-lb turkey), or 15 minutes per pound for a stuffed turkey.
What is the safest internal temperature for poultry?
Poultry: The safe cooking temperature for all poultry products, including ground chicken and turkey, stays the same at 165 ºF.
Do all Butterball turkeys have pop up?
Pity the poor pop-up timer. Even Butterball, the brand probably most familiar to home cooks, doesn’t endorse the pop-up timer. The company’s birds have “never, never, never” had timers in them, says Carol Miller, supervisor for the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. “And they’ve been around for 60 years.”
What can I use to Tie turkey legs together?
If Your Turkey Doesn’t Come with a Hock Lock, Use String. Or, you can simply use twine, kite string, or unwaxed dental floss to hold the legs together.