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What size is small turkey?

Last Updated: 26th May, 2020

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The smallest turkey usually available through our butchers is about 10 pounds, although some sell ones as small as 8 pounds. With a smaller bird you can figure about 1 pound of turkey per person.

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Just so, what is a small turkey called?

A male turkey is called a tom or a gobbler, a female turkey a hen, and a baby turkey a poult or chick. A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female is called a jenny. A group of wild turkeys is called a flock, a group of domesticated turkeys is commonly referred to as a rafter.

Likewise, are small turkeys good? It's tough to cook a big turkey evenly. I have tried the two-bird thing. A small bird, however, can spend less time in the oven so the breast meat stands a better chance at being less dry. The advantage to two small birds is more drumsticks, more delicious, crispy skin and an easier meat-management program.

Accordingly, what size of turkey do I need?

For turkeys smaller than 16 pounds, estimate 1 pound per serving (this accounts for bone weight). For larger birds, a bit less is fine; they have a higher meat-to-bone ratio. But if your goal is to have ample leftovers, aim for 1½ pounds per person whatever the turkey's size. For 8 people, buy a 12-pound turkey.

How big is a 20 lb turkey?

Turkey Size Minimum Roasting Pan Size
Up to 12 pounds 14 x 10 x 2-3/4 inches
Up to 16 pounds 15-3/4 x 12 x 3 inches
Up to 20 pounds 16 x 13 x 3 inches

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Can I buy a small turkey?

If you're going to go through all the trouble to roast a whole turkey, buy one that will give you leftovers. The smallest turkey usually available through our butchers is about 10 pounds, although some sell ones as small as 8 pounds. With a smaller bird you can figure about 1 pound of turkey per person.

Sumaya Mittur

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What weight is a small turkey?

Six pounds is about the smallest turkey you'll find, she said.

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A baby zebra is called a foal.
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What is a turkey baby?

A male turkey is called a tom or a gobbler, a female turkey a hen, and a baby turkey a poult or chick. A young male turkey is called a jake and a young female is called a jenny. A group of wild turkeys is called a flock, a group of domesticated turkeys is commonly referred to as a rafter.

Hafsa Prugner

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Is a Turkey female or male?

Male turkeys, often called gobblers, are a darker brown color — even bordering on black — than the females. Gobblers' heads are a combination of red and blue, while their feathers have a metallic sheen. Females, known as hens, are generally a drab brown from head to toe. Gobblers are also larger than hens.

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How many does a 25 lb turkey feed?

turkey offers 25 servings. To provide enough turkey for 60 guests, we recommend offering two 22 or 23 lb.

Abdelmjid Iskujin

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What size turkey do I need for 10 people?

Choosing the Right Size Turkey
When choosing a turkey to serve on Thanksgiving, figure 1 1/2 pounds per person. If you are serving 10 people on Thanksgiving, choose a bird that is 15 to 20 pounds. Smaller birds that weigh less than 12 pounds have a smaller meat-to-bone ratio, so figure two pounds per person.

Marcy Wolff

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How many does a 7kg turkey feed?

A 4-5kg bird will serve 6-7, a 5-6kg one will do 8-10 and a 6-7kg turkey will feed 10-12. If you're catering for 6 or less, you might want to go for a crown joint rather than a whole bird – a 1.5-2kg turkey crown will serve 3-5, and a 2-2.5kg crown will feed 6-8.

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How much does a 20 pound turkey cost?

It's a different story for fresh turkeys—which are also the birds people most like to serve, according to Zagorsky. The retail price of a fresh hen turkey is about $1.51 a pound, or $30.20 for a 20-pound bird.

Cristobalina Glew

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How big a turkey do I need in KG?

What size turkey to buy
  1. 2-2.5kg serves 4-6.
  2. 3kg serves 6-7.
  3. 3.5kg serves 7-8.
  4. 4-4.5kg serves 8-10.
  5. 5-5.5kg serves 10-12.
  6. 6-6.5kg serves 12-15.

Valvanera Toller

Teacher

Is Turkey done at 165 or 180?

Some confusion is inevitable, as until 2006, the FDA recommended a cooking temperature of 165 for the breast meat and 180 for the thighs. For turkey that's 165 degrees, you'll want to remove the bird from the oven when the temperature reaches 155 to 160 degrees because it will continue to cook outside the oven.

Marcellus Coucheiro

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How much turkey do I need per person calculator?

Thankfully, there's a simple rule of thumb to estimate how much turkey to get for your guests. Plan on getting one pound of turkey per adult guest and one-half pound per child. If you want leftovers or a little extra, then plan on one and one-half pounds per adult and three-quarter pounds per child.

Earlean Ciner

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How do I cook 2 small turkeys?

Rub the outside of each turkey with the soft butter, then place in a large roasting pan. Tie the ends of the turkey legs together with trussing string. Transfer the turkeys to the oven and roast until a meat thermometer reads 160°F, about 2 1/2 hours.

Reynalda Malaquias

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Is fresh or frozen turkey better?

Fresh turkeys will hold their moisture better than frozen turkeys, bringing out a meaty texture with deeper natural flavors. Frozen turkeys are best when flash-frozen packaged immediately to 0°F. The most important factor in deciphering between a fresh or frozen turkey is the quality of the meat before it is frozen.

Jesualda Huberty

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Does cooking two turkeys take longer?

Yes. Cooking two turkeys of about the same weight does not double the roasting time. Cooking time is determined by the weight of one bird. Just make sure there is sufficient oven space for proper heat circulation.

Virginie Bongiovanni

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What's the smallest turkey you can buy?

Eight pounds is about the smallest you'll find in any market. You might be able to get a smaller one from someone raising turkeys, but the meat/bone ratio is not going to be a favorable one for you. There are alternatives. Capons -- castrated male chickens -- can get up to six pounds or so.

MartiƱo Nirmal

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Should I use turkey bag or not?

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But the reality, according to the USDA, is that there can be toxic fumes from the ink, glue and recycled materials in the bag. Plus, you can start a fire in your oven. Bad for the oven and bad for the turkey.

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What brand of turkey is the best?

We roasted six whole turkeys and compared their flavor, texture, and appearance Text by Carolina Santos-Neves, photo by Nicola Kast
  • Fresh Bell & Evans Turkey.
  • Fresh Eberly Organic Free-Range Turkey.
  • Fresh Murray's Natural Turkey.
  • Fresh Plainville Turkey.
  • Frozen Li'l Butterball.
  • Fresh Empire Kosher Turkey.