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Old 11-24-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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When the thermostat in my oven shows 325 degrees, an external oven thermometer reads 350 degrees F. But when the oven thermostat shows 425 degress, the external oven thermometer indicates 425 as well. Is it normal for the two to not match at lower temperatures but match at higher ones?

I am asking because I plan on cooking my turkey at 325 degrees but the recipe says that any temperature lower than this is dangerous and any thing higher will cause shrinkage and drying out. My concern is that the external thermometer is not reading correctly and I end up cooking it at a lower temperature.

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Old 11-24-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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I am asking because I plan on cooking my turkey at 325 degrees but the recipe says that any temperature lower than this is dangerous and any thing higher will cause shrinkage and drying out. My concern is that the external thermometer is not reading correctly and I end up cooking it at a lower temperature.

Thanks for reading.
Cook turkey until internal temperature of the bird is 175 degrees. if you want a more moist bird and dont need crispy skin cook the bird upside down, or keep tin foil over the bird till the last half hour of cooking.
I also cook stuffing separately and not in the bird.

I use a probe thermometer like this one = http://www.pastrychef.com/assets/images/large/digital_probe_thermometer_timer_and_clock_large1.j pg (broken link)
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Old 11-24-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I also use a probe Thermometer Almost exactlly like the one above.
It takes all the guess work out of everything also inexpensive.
I would also think that it's not normal for lower temps to differ then higher.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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We've got a probe/ electronic thermometer but wife says she knows when the turkey is done. However she bought a cheapy oven thermometer recently. 325 - 350 that's pretty close. The rise and fall of temp makes it difficult to achieve accuracy.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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I just use an instant read thermometer. Makes all others unnecessary. If the turkey starts browning too much then just cover it with foil.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:39 AM
 
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Thank you all. I should have been more specific about the thermometer. I was referring to the kind that reads the oven temperature, not the internal temperature of the turkey. Well, here goes nothing.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:32 AM
 
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Most ovens have adjustment measures you can set i the manuals to have more consistent temperatures on the settings. i use a digital remote like pictured to check the actually food progress.It check both the oven and meat temperature remotely. Have to have it for smoking meat is why I havei t really.
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Old 11-25-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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Thanks, Texdav and Satx56, thank you for your kind wishes. Our thanksgiving meal was a hit and I hosted for the first time. Not bad at all. Forgot to tell you all, Happy Thanksgiving!
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