Turkey is a dish most people ignore until around the time of thanksgiving, but it is actually a tasty, and healthy meat that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. Turkey is ideal for sandwiches, stir frys, salads, and lots of other dishes, and is a good alternative to chicken when you fancy a change, but want to stick with white meats. Read on and learn How to Roast a Turkey Breast!
The cooking time of a turkey breast depends mostly on its size – bigger portions of meat take longer to cook. Other factors that affect the cooking time include the ratio of meat to bone, and whether or not you are trying to cook from frozen. Another thing to consider is the kind of marinade used, and the cooking method that you plan to use.
How to Cook a Turkey With the Right Temperature
There is no shortage of experienced cooks and top-notch cookbooks that give you their best guesstimate for the ideal turkey breast cooking time. Usually, they will explain that it depends on the size of the piece. However, the best way of getting the roasting done just right is to buy a cooking thermometer and use it to check the turkey regularly to see if the internal temperature has reached 170 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as the cooking thermometer register 170 degrees, not only is your turkey safe to eat, it is also deliciously moist and tender. There are different methods that you can use to cook turkey, and you have a choice in the pan to use too, but shallow roasting pans are the best bet for cooking turkey breast every time.
Usually turkey breast is served without stuffing, however some people prefer to stuff bigger portions. An 8 pound portion is ideal for stuffing with some of your favorite herbs and spices. Usually for a 2 or 3 pound turkey people cook them for 1 and a half to two hours at 325 degrees Fahrenheit, with 4 to 6 pound breasts taking 2 and a half to three hours, and an 8 pound portion taking 3 and a half hours.
Highly Recommended Turkey Breast Recipes
Turkey breasts can easily become a staple of your diet, and you need not get bored of them if you add a little zing to the recipe – a citrus turkey breast sandwich is a great snack for example. Just add some jalapeno paste, lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and onion paste to a marinade – roast the breast, and shred or slice before adding to sandwiches for a healthy and tasty lunch option.
For a superb turkey roasting, read these easy steps and remember, cooking your turkey only with la Caja China will bring out the best in it.
1. Place Turkey on top of the rack breast down if cooking whole or skin down if cooking split, attached top rack using the 4 S-Hooks. Add 1 gallon of water to the drip tray, for extra flavor you can add beer to the water or spices to the water, I personally like to add a cup of our La Caja China Mojo Criollo.
2. Place Turkey inside the box, skin or breast down, attached probe from the wired thermometer and run wire under short top frame.
3. Cover box with the ash pan and charcoal grid.
5. Once lit (20 – 25 minutes) spread the charcoal evenly over the charcoal grid.
6. Cooking time starts right now.
7. After 1 hour open the box by removing the complete set of ash pan and grid together and place it on top of the long handles.
8. Now flip the Turkey over, skin or breast side up and add 5 lbs of charcoal.
Continue to add 5 lbs of charcoal every hour until you reach 175 f.
Note: If you like you can brush a mix of butter, garlic and say sauce over the turkey after you reach 175 f. Just open the box brush the mixture and cover again with the charcoal tray for an extra 10 – 15 minutes.
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