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Can I cook turkey half way, transport, and restart cooking 30 minutes later?

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Can I cook turkey half way, transport, and restart cooking 30 minutes later?

goodeatsgal | Dec 21, 2011 11:43 AM

I thought I had seen a similar query but it didn't come up in a search, so apologies if this is duplicative.

My parents live 20 minutes away. I will be roasting 2 Diestel petite turkeys (6-10 pounds each), unstuffed, on Christmas Day. Can I start the turkeys in my oven, take them out halfway, wrap and transport them to my parents' house, and continue the cooking there? They will have the oven already at the proper temperature.

There would be a pause in the cooking of 30 minutes, 40 max. It seems to me that wouldn't be enough time to cause food safety issues. Any reasons I shouldn't do this? Thanks for the advice!

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