Depending on the temperature of the oven and whether your turkey recipe asks for a stuffed or unstuffed bird, the time it takes to cook a turkey can vary.
The stuffing is the first factor to consider when deciding when to put the turkey in the oven. Notably, the cooking time for a stuffed turkey is longer than for an unstuffed turkey.
In this article, I will give you my best tips for cooking a 14 lb stuffed turkey, including time and temperature recommendations.
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Tips on How to Cook a 14 Lb Stuffed Turkey
Thawing the turkey – Keep in mind that thawing a whole turkey can take several days, and the cooking time in this article is for a fully defrosted bird.
In general, every 5 pounds of turkey requires 24 hours of thawing time after being placed in the refrigerator. Therefore, a 14 lb turkey will require 2 – 3 days.
Stuffing – Remove the giblet bag from the turkey’s breast and the neck from its cavity. There’s really no need to wash the turkey, you can just pat it dry with paper towels.
Stuffing should be mixed together and lightly stuffed into the hollow. Use this recommendation: per pound of turkey, you can use ½ to ¾ cup of stuffing. Notably, it is better to under-stuff the turkey than to overstuff it. You will find that during cooking, the stuffing expands.
If you have any leftover stuffing should be refrigerated and baked in a greased dish during the last hour of the turkey roasting.
Baste and tent – You have to roast the turkey until the skin is a light golden color, then loosely cover the breast with a foil tent to keep it from browning more. Proceed to remove the foil tent during the last 45 minutes of roasting to brown the skin. Though basting isn’t really required, it does aid in even browning.
Checking for doneness – When the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F as tested with a food thermometer, the turkey is done. The temperature of the thickest section of the breast, the wing, and the stuffing should all be checked. If the stuffing does not reach 165°F or above, return it to the oven and finish cooking it.
How To Cook a 14 Lb Stuffed Turkey – Notably, the USDA suggests heating the stuffing outside of the bird for consistent results. If you must stuff a 14 lb turkey, you should do it loosely and follow the guide below.
- You can start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the turkey breast side up on a rack in a small roasting pan (approximately 2 inches deep). In the thigh, place a meat thermometer (see Turkey Safety: Using a Thermometer). If desired, you can add up to ½ cup of water to the bottom of the pan.
- You can use a tent of heavy-duty aluminum foil can be used to cover the turkey loosely. Note that a stuffed turkey requires more time to cook.
- If you want to brown the skin, you should remove the foil cover after 1 to 1½ hours of cooking. If desired, you can brush the skin with vegetable oil to increase browning.
- Make sure you check the stuffing’s interior temperature. You should insert the thermometer into the thickest section of the stuffing via the cavity and leave it for 5 minutes. Alternatively, a 15-second instant-read thermometer can be used to determine the temperature.
- After the turkey is taken from the oven, the temperature of the stuffing will climb a few degrees. You can return the turkey to the oven and continue cooking if the center of the stuffing has not reached 165°F after the rest time.
- Make sure you allow 20 minutes for the turkey to rest before removing the stuffing and carving to allow the fluids to equally saturate the meat.
How Long to Cook a 14 Lb Stuffed Turkey
For a stuffed turkey, you can use 20 to 22 minutes per pound which means for a 14 lb stuffed turkey, you will use 4½ hours to 5 hours.
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Please note that the times are estimates. The best way to tell if your turkey is done is to use a quick-read thermometer or a meat thermometer to take its temperature. The turkey is done when the thermometer is put into the thickest section of the thigh and the temperature hits 180 F.
In addition, the meat of the thigh and drumstick should feel soft when touched, and the juices from the thigh should run clear – not pink – when pierced with a fork. If you have filled the turkey, check the temperature of the filling as well. In the center, the temperature should be 165°F.Print
- You can start by preheating the oven to 325 F.
- Then sauté the onions, celery, and mushrooms in butter in a large skillet until soft. Mix in the broth and seasonings thoroughly.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the bread cubes with the mushroom mixture to coat. Stir in just enough warm water to achieve the desired consistency.
- Loosely fill the bird just before baking. Cover and chill any leftover filling in a greased baking dish until ready to bake.
- Skewer turkey openings; use kitchen rope to tie drumsticks together. In a roasting pan, place the chicken breast side up on a rack. Brush the surface with melted butter.
- Bake the turkey until a thermometer inserted in the center of the stuffing reads 165 F and the thigh reaches at least 170 F, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (If the turkey browns too rapidly, you can cover loosely with foil.)
- Cover and bake the remaining stuffing for 30-40 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 10 minutes, or until gently browned.
- Cover the turkey with foil and set aside for 20 minutes before slicing and removing the stuffing. Thicken pan drippings for gravy if required.
You can watch this video recipe to know how long to cook a 14 lb stuffed turkey.