How do you know when the Turkey is done?

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Whether you are traveling or opening your home to your friends and family-- Many of you will be busy in the kitchen.

Hopefully you've already started thawing your bird. The average 10 to 18 pound turkey takes 3 to 4 days to thaw out in the refrigerator.

Now once you start cooking, how do you know when it's done? Experts suggest the breast needs to register 165°F and the thigh, 175°F. If the turkey is stuffed, the stuffing needs to reach 165°F as well. But be careful that the thermometer is not touching a bone.

Another way to tell if the turkey is ready is to pierce the thigh deeply with a fork. If the juice runs clear and not pink the turkey is ready to eat.

For all other questions, Butterball has a hotline for help. The number is 1 (800) BUTTERBALL (800-288-8372) or visit

The hotline is open every November and December.

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