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Q:How do I properly take my turkey's temperature?
A: First, politely ask it to turn around and bend over. Then....Just kidding. We're talking the temperature of your cooked turkey, right? You should always measure the temperature in the breast—that's the part of the bird that's really most sensitive to cooking. Even if your legs overcook, they won't be bad, but under- or overcooked breast meat is terrible. Roast your bird until the breast registers 145 to 160°F (depending on how well done you like it), then just double-check the legs to make sure they've come up to at least 165°F or so. If they need a bit more cooking, remove them and leave them in the oven for longer while the breasts rest.

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