Internal temperature is an important issue when preparing turkey breast. All the experienced chefs and informative cookbooks will give you their best guess for the perfect turkey breast cooking time. It all depends on the weight. One way to be certain that the roasting is done is a meat thermometer. Check the meat regularly to see if the internal temperature has reached 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will you insure that your food is safe to eat, but it will be moist and tender.
Today there are so many innovative ways to prepare turkey breasts. Can you believe deep frying them in a specially designed cooker? The most common method though is to use a shallow roasting pan for the getting the best results every time. However, the turkey breast is usually served without stuffing, although some people will stuff larger portions. An 8-pound turkey is ideal for stuffing with your favorite recipe of herbs and spices. For a 2 or 3-pound turkey breast cook it for one to two hours at 325 degrees Fahrenheit. With a 4 to 6 pound turkey breast, cook 2 and 1/2 hours to 3. An eight pound turkey should be cooked for up to three and a half hours to four.
Turkey breast can become a healthful staple of your diet! Don't get bored; add a little zing to a recipe. For example, make a sandwich by taking some jalapeno paste, lime and orange juice, garlic and onion paste as a marinade. Roast your turkey breast, shred or slice it and add it to your favorite bread for a tasty and healthy lunch. If you really feel adventurous and want to feel like it is Thanksgiving again, make a sandwich with some cranberry sauce!
Cooking a turkey breast is actually pretty simple once you get all the tricks to it. Here are some practical tips that will insure your cooking session goes more smoothly.
First tip is always plan everything. It is important when cooking turkey breasts, especially if it is frozen, it can take up to three days to defrost, especially if is it a large one. Make sure you defrost it safely in a refrigerator, planning ahead for the meat to be be ready to prepare when you need it. In an emergency, you can defrost smaller turkey breasts in a microwave. If it is available outside of the holiday season, a fresh turkey can be prepared immediately. Don't hesitate to ask your butcher or grocer to order you one. If you don't have time on your side, buy an already smoked breast, it will be fully cooked when you purchase it. Simply heat it up and serve, how much easier can you get?
Second tip is to always check doneness with a meat thermometer. Different sized turkey breasts take different amounts of time to cook. The guidelines vary, just like everyone's oven. Your best insurance to be certain the meat is done is to use a meat thermometer. Even if it is equipped with the magic pop-up device. Do not remove from oven until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, placing the thermometer in the thickest part of the breast.
Third tip, don't stuff it! The stuffing inside of a turkey tastes different because it gets saturated in the turkey fat. It is best to avoid this because it is very unhealthy with all the fat and the possible risk of bacterial contamination of the cooking inside the turkey. Instead of stuffing, try putting aromatic vegetables or some sliced oranges and lemons. Discard them after cooking and enjoy the flavor!
Fourth tip, Throw away that baster, place your turkey in a cooking bag! It will trap all juices and insure a moister turkey breast. It is easier and more efficient and clean up is a dream.
Final tip, Let it rest! When you bring your turkey breast out of the oven, let it sit for 20- 30 minutes. It will continue to cook, so letting it set will give it time to finish and it will settle and provide a moist, juicy meal.