Turns Out You CAN Microwave A Turkey And Here’s How
Whoever was the first person to ask their mom how to cook a turkey in a microwave caught so much attention Butterball had to step in with some facts. It turns out you CAN cook a whole turkey in a microwave.
Who's laughing now? Albeit a questionable result, nevertheless, you can use a microwave to cook a bird on Thanksgiving (or any day of the year). Nobody should worry about trying it either because BUTTERBALL confirmed it's safe. It won't be done in a quick manner though. In fact, we will be trying it ourselves very soon. (Be watching for that video.)
TODAY on NBC got the official confirmation from Butterball along with seven time-consuming steps.
1- Thaw the turkey first. Never put a frozen turkey in the microwave!
2- Place the turkey breast side down on a microwave-safe dish or plate.
3- First, microwave it for 4 minutes per pound on full power (for example, 36 minutes for a 9-pound turkey) to get the cooking process started. After this initial cook time, the rest of the cooking needs to be on a lower power setting.
4- Remove the drippings and baste the partially-cooked turkey so it begins to get that golden-brown skin.
5- Flip the turkey over and cook it at 50 percent power for 8 minutes per pound (72 minutes total). Stop cooking every 18 minutes to check the turkey's temperature with a meat thermometer and baste it with the natural juices or a browning sauce.
6- When the turkey reaches a temperature of 180 to 185 degrees in the thigh and 170 to 175 degrees in the breast, it is ready and safe to eat.
7- Baste the turkey once more before serving.
If you're still unsure and no one will text you back, call 1-800-BUTTERBALL. They'll give you legitimate and friendly help... and then mock you mercilessly after hanging up.