Cooking Tips

Thanksgiving turkey tips from Jaindl Farms

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  • Jaindl turkeys have 55% less fat and 25% less calories than other raw turkey, as determined by the U.S.D.A.  Because they have 55% less fat, our turkeys are confirmed to be “Lite” by the U.S.D.A.
  • This claim is new, but the “Lite” turkey is not.  We have grown a lean “Lite” turkey for over 30 years.  The evolution of the “Lite” turkey is strictly through genetics, not as the result of any changes in the turkey’s diet, as often thought.
  • pre-roasting checks:
    If turkey is frozen – be sure the turkey is fully thawed prior to placing in the oven!  A frozen turkey may be defrosted by placing it (keeping in the airtight bag) in your refrigerator for 4 to 7 days depending on the size.
  • Test your oven temperature.  We find that many ovens are off as much as 100o.  The ovens may be checked by using a hanging “oven thermometer”.  Place the thermometer in the oven, set the oven  for 325o.  Once the oven has indicated that preheating is complete, check the thermometer.  If the thermometer temperature does not show approximately 325o, we suggest your oven be re-calibrated.
  • Checking oven temperatures is equally important for gas and electric ovens.  It is also important no matter how new your oven is, especially if it is a self-cleaning oven,  that it be checked for correct calibration.

Roasting Information:

  1. There is a limited amount of fat under and within the skin of the turkey, therefore, the “Jaindl Grand Champion Brand” turkey cooks in less time than most other birds.
  2. The “Jaindl Grand Champion Brand” turkey should take approximately 13-15 minutes per pound to roast, as compared to most other birds taking up to 20 minutes per pound.
  3. It is very important not to over roast, as this may produce a potentially dry meal.
  4. We have inserted a cooking device that has proved to be very accurate.  If the device does not activate within 1/2 hour from scheduled roasting time, remove turkey from oven and check for doneness.
  5. Our Quality Control Staff has spent many hours perfecting our roasting instructions which are located on the back of the turkey bag, We strongly recommend to our customers to follow these instructions, as our turkeys generally roast in less time than the average turkey.

Items which will alter your cooking time:

  1. The colder the turkey is when it is placed in the oven, the longer it will take to roast.
  2. The type of pan used – the deeper the pan, the longer the turkey will take to roast.
  3. Opening the oven while the turkey is roasting will create a loss of approximately 15 minutes of roasting time for each time the oven door is opened.  Heat escapes and the oven must re-heat to continue the cooking process.
  4. Ovens should always be preheated for at least 1/2 hour prior to placing the turkey in the oven.
  5. If the turkey is stuffed it will take an additional 1/2 hour.
  6. If there are other dishes in the oven, the heat will distribute differently and the turkey may cook slower.
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