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With the Judy Bird recipe, how do you calculate / estimate cooking time?

Sorry! My question accidentally posted before I clicked to submit and now there are 3 posts that don't work. But help! :)

Supposedly, dry-brined turkeys cook more quickly and this recipe calls for 30 min at 425, turning, then roasting at 325 for the remainder (approx 2 3/4 hrs total). It seems like the recipe estimates cooking time based on a 12-16 pound bird but that's a big window. What would the cooking time be for a 14 3/4 pound turkey? I read in another post that dry-brined birds need about 13 min per pound but that puts me at 3 1/3 hrs. Any advice? I just don't want to put this thing in the oven too soon.

asked by julianne114 over 3 years ago
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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added over 3 years ago

Yes, plan for 13 minutes a pound. If it reaches temp sooner than expected, you can always stick your cooked turkey in a cooler to keep it warm!

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Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 3 years ago

Your timing sounds about right. for the size bird. Use a thermometer to check the internal temp which should reach 165 in the thickest part of the bird.

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added over 3 years ago

Great. Thank you!

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