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3. You Misjudged Cooking Time and Your Turkey is Done Too Early
If your turkey is done early, things can get a little complicated, but it’s not the end of the world. If it’s done around an hour early, let it rest uncovered for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then cover your turkey with some foil and a thick towel or blanket to keep it warm. By letting it first rest you release the initial heat. That way it won’t overcook once it’s covered. If your turkey is done several hours before your meal, let it rest. Then carve off the breast meat, the legs and the thighs and arrange them on a serving platter and cover with foil. Just before you’re ready to serve, reheat the platter in the oven (about 20 minutes at 350°F). It may not be the most dazzling way to serve a turkey, but your meat will be juicy and moist, and you won’t have to worry about food safety. FYI: Knowing how much your turkey weighs is key to getting the timing right. A good rule of thumb is 15 minutes per pound in a 325°F oven.