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How do I cook a JENNIE-O® whole turkey?
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cooking instructions

Step 1: Heat oven to 325°F. Remove neck, giblet and gravy packet, if applicable.

Step 2: The plastic leg clamp should be left on during cooking.

Step 3: Place turkey on rack in a shallow pan, breast side up, and loosely cover with foil. Remove foil after 1 hour of cooking.

Step 4: Roast until timer pops up and turkey is fully-cooked, 180°F as measured by a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh. ALWAYS confirm doneness with a meat thermometer. Juices should run clear.

Step 5: Let turkey stand 20 minutes before carving.

Step 6:For optimal safety, cook stuffing and turkey separately. If desired, add fully cooked stuffing to cooked turkey just prior to serving.

Approximate Oven Roasting Time at 325°F.

turkey weight & cooking times

Approximate roasting times at 325°F

  • 8-12 pounds: 3 1/2-4 hours
  • 12-18 pounds: 4 1/4-4 3/4 hours
  • 18-22 pounds: 4 1/2-5 hours
  • 22-24 pounds: 4 3/4-5 1/4 hours

Wash hands and all items that come into contact with uncooked turkey.

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How do I store leftover turkey properly?
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Remember these food safety tips when storing leftover turkey

  • Refrigerate as soon as you’re finished serving within two hours of cooking
  • Store, turkey, stuffing and gravy in separate containers
  • Use refrigerated turkey, stuffing and gravy within 4 days
  • For longer storage, freeze leftovers and use turkey within 4 months. Upon thawing, use within 1 day.
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How do I cook a JENNIE-O® OVEN READY™ whole turkey?
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instructions

Step 1: Do not thaw. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 2: Remove from freezer. Remove outer bag. Do not remove inner cooking bag.

Step 3: Place in a roasting pan with at least 2-inch high sides.

Step 4: Cut six ½ -inch slits in top of cooking bag.

Step 5: Pull bag up and away from turkey to release vacuum.

Step 6: Place in oven allowing room for bag to expand without touching oven racks or walls.

Step 7: Roast the turkey until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F in the thickest part of the breast and 180°F in the thickest part of the thigh.

*Note: meat temperature increases rapidly during last hour of cooking.

Step 8: Cook time: approximately 4 hours at 375°F.

Step 9: Let turkey rest 15 minutes. Cut open top of oven-able bag. Be cautious of hot steam and juices.

Step 10: Heat gravy as directed on pouch. Do not increase oven temperature. Cooking bag may melt at higher temperatures.

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How can I cook a can of Hormel® Mary Kitchen® hash so it gets crispy?
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It takes patience to get crispy hash. In a heavy skillet (preferably not a non-stick skillet) over medium heat, spread the hash in an even layer and do not disturb for 5 minutes. With a spatula, lift up a corner of the hash to see if it has developed a crust. If it hasn’t, cook a few minutes longer. If it has developed a crust, turn over the hash and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until a crispy crust has formed on both sides.

Watch a demonstration from Chef Vanessa Cantave, a New York City-based chef and caterer:

The pantry project: sunshine hash

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How do I use a meat thermometer?
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Consumer Engagement Specialist Chris shares best practices for checking the temperature of different types of meat.

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How do I reheat my Hormel®Cure 81® ham?
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It is super easy! To reheat your ham you should follow the instructions on the packaging and heat to the desired temperature.

Cooked ham is also safe and delicious to eat right out of the refrigerator! For recipes using your leftover ham, visit Hormel.com.

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