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Oct 24, 2006 04:46 PM

Where do you put the Meat Thermometer?

Where is the best place to put the Meat Thermometer in a chicken or turkey? Is it ok to touch the bone or not? Truss the bird or not? I've heard so many conflicting answers.

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  1. NOT on the bone! The tip of the thermometer should be in the thickest part of whatever you're measuring, and in a turkey, that'll be either the breast or the thigh, typically.

    1. Put it into the deepest part of the thigh. Never touch the bone.

      1. Do Not touch the Bone it will give you a false reading You want the tempature of the meat the furthest away from the heat. Since the dark meat takes longer to cook that is where you want your thermometer, deep in the center of a thigh. [not touching a bone of course]

        White Meat 161 Degrees
        Dark Meat 180 Degrees

        To make sure you don't overcook the white meat, cover it with tin foil. Also, brining helps the turkey not dry out

        Take Care

        - P.