by Christopher Jones
Do you love turkey? I do! So do many other people around you. Maybe you do too! If that is the case and if by any chance you got your hands on a fine convection oven then you will definitely want to ask ‘how long to cook a turkey in a convection oven’. Don’t worry! In this article, you will get to know a lot of things in a very short time including a very tasty cooked turkey. We will walk you through our simple convection oven recipe. But first, let us get to know our device and how it works before we learn how to cook turkey.
The first turbo convection ovens appeared in Japan during the ‘70s as a household device and now in the present days, they are even more popular. In simple terms, there is a fan inside the device that circulates the heat. The device can cook anything faster compared to other types of ovens. The main common parts of the oven are a glass bowl, a fan, the plate at the bottom, and a rack of wires. The main charm of this oven is that if an ingredient needs 30 minutes to be cooked normally, then in this oven it will take only 15 minutes.
Now enough of device introduction, let us get to the point – cooking a turkey in a convection oven.
In this recipe we wish to satisfy your inquiries about:
1. How long to cook a turkey in convection oven?
2. Cooking a turkey in a convection oven.
We need our oven to be at 360 degrees.
We need to carefully position our bird so that heat can properly reach all of its parts and cook it properly. Try using the lowest or the middle rack of the oven. If you have two birds to cook then you need to use both. In this case, position the roasting pans in the opposite corners. For example, if you place one pan on the right side of the oven then place the other on the left. The way, the pan in the middle rack will not block the heat from reaching the lowest pan.
This is a very important issue. The cooking duration will vary based on the size of the turkey. There are other things to note as well. For one, we need to check if the thickest parts of the bird reached the expected temperature – 165 degrees. The breasts and thighs are very thick, so use a meat thermometer to check the temperature at several places.
In a convection oven, the cooking time is significantly reduced- almost half the normal time. When the meat juices come out and it looks thin and clear and legs are no stiffer, you will be able to tell if it is cooked or not. But you can always use a knife to see if it can cut through the thickest part easily, such as the breast and the wing part. Usually, a turkey takes 2.5 to 3 hours if it weighs around 12-13 kilograms. A 10 kg bird will take 2.5 hours and a bird of 8 kg will take 2 hours to cook.
This is one of the easiest recipes for roasting turkey. If you want to surprise your family with an exquisitely roasted turkey, go ahead and try this one.
About Christopher Jones
Chris is an avid traveler and a gastronome.
He used to live for years in Europe and has far reached to many humble corners of Asia.
While at it, he never stopped seeking for the local cuisine to try some.
His favorite motto is "how can one live well, travel well, and work well without having good food every time?"
Chris received his MBA at University of San Francisco at the age of 24.