Something to contemplate in the kitchen today


Consider the following advice for cooking the perfect Thanksgiving turkey:

The final temperature of the bird, after “resting” for 15 to 20 minutes, should be at least but not much more than 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature will continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees after the turkey is removed from the oven. []

Does this mean that turkeys violate Newton’s Law of Heating and Cooling?

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2 Responses to “Something to contemplate in the kitchen today”

  1. Ξ Says:

    I’m thinking that the bones get hot, and continue to warm up the meat [where the temperature is taken] since so many cookbooks say to take the temperature away from the bones. But the other possibility is that the outside is warmer and the inside (again, where the tip of the thermometer is) is still warmed up by the outside even as it cools.

    I tried doing a search, but the only interesting thing revealed by googling “turkey newton” was Sir Charles Thomas Newton “disinterred the remains of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (at present-day Bodrum, Turkey)” in 1840 (from this site).

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