Reynolds Cooking Bag Times

January 3, 2014 · 113 comments

During the holiday season, a frequently asked question is, “How long to cook a turkey?” The answer is, of course, it depends. Are you using a regular roaster and a traditional approach, or the Reynolds oven bags alternative?

This past Christmas we ate from a spectacularly moist and flavorful bird.

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In large part, this was due to the culinary skills of my Aunt Joan. It was also a result of Aunt Joan’s fabulous turkey-roasting secret weapon:


Reynolds Oven Bags

My Aunt Joan has been using a Reynolds cooking bags for years, but I always forget about them from one year to the next until I bite into one of their spectacular feasts.

In addition to the flavor intensifying and texture enhancing qualities oven bags will bring to your meals, they not only make clean up (both roaster and oven!) a breeze but also significantly speed cooking time and attention. Wondering how long to cook turkey?* This bag serves as a kind of pressure cooker and can cut your cooking time almost in half compared to traditional preparation. Plus, there’s no more leaving your guests or bailing on the Christmas afternoon walk to babysit/baste the bird, which Cook’s Illustrated actively recommends against, anyway.

No matter which direction you go, Cook’s has the following tips I found helpful:

  • To thaw a frozen turkey, calculate ONE DAY of fridge time for every 4 pounds of turkey. Messed up on the advanced planning? Fill a large bucket with cold water and plunk the still-wrapped bird in and let thaw for 30 minutes per pound, changing the cold water every 30 minutes to avoid accidentally inviting nasty bacteria to your holiday feast.
  • After resting the bird for 20 minutes to give the juices time to redistribute through the meat, carve in the kitchen: it’s a messy business! Using a good chef’s knife on a large cutting board and have some kitchen towels on hand.

  • Grab the leg bones and pull away from the bird, slicing through the skin between the leg and the breast. This will allow you to find the thigh joint to cut off the leg quarter and work the knife through. For each leg, separate the thigh and drumstick at the joint which you can find with your finger. Remove the largest pieces of meat from the thigh and slice across the grain, about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Return to the body and pull the wings away from the body, again finding the joint with your fingers and working the knife through the joint.
  • Remove the entire breast all at once, and slice the meat cross-wise and on the bias. Keep the skin in place so that each slice comes with a bit of skin. Assemble the pieces on a pretty platter, and call yourself “Martha!”

Reynolds Oven Bags Cooking Time Chart

Per Reynolds’ instructions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Shake 1 Tbsp. flour inside oven bag. Brush turkey with vegetable oil or butter. Season as desired. close bag and cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of the bag; see directions on back for more details. Bake according to chart.

Note: when taking the temperature of the turkey, insert the thermometer right through the bag rather than opening it to avoid being burned by the steam.

  Large Size  Additional Instructions 

Turkey

Total Weight

Time

Add
Flour

Add Water to
Oven Bag

Meat
Thermometer
Temperature

Turkey Breast,
bone-in

4-8 lb

1-1/4 to 2 hr

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Turkey Breast, boneless

2-1/2 to 3 lb

3-5 lb

1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hr

1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hr

1 Tbsp

1 Tbsp

None

None

170°F

170°F

Turkey Drumsticks

1-1/2 to 3 lb

1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hr

1 Tbsp

1/2 cup

170°F

Whole Turkey, Unstuffed

Place turkey in bag breast-side up and cook in a shallow roasting pan. Approximate roasting times are for fully thawed, unstuffed turkey. Always check final temperature of cooked bird with an instant read thermometer.

Turkey

Total Weight

Time

Add
Flour

Add Water to
Oven Bag

Meat
Thermometer
Temperature

Whole Turkey, Unstuffed

8 – 12 lbs

1.5 to 2 hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Unstuffed

12 – 16 lbs

2 to 2.5 hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Unstuffed

16 – 20 lbs

2.5 to 3 hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Unstuffed

20 – 24 lbs

3 to 3.5 hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Stuffed

Place turkey in bag breast-side up and cook in a shallow roasting pan. Approximate roasting times are for fully thawed, stuffed turkey. Always check final temperature of cooked bird (and stuffing) with an instant read thermometer.

Turkey

Total Weight

Time

Add
Flour

Add Water to
Oven Bag

Meat
Thermometer
Temperature

Whole Turkey, Stuffed

8 – 12 lbs

2 to 2.5+ hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Stuffed

12 – 16 lbs

2.5 to 3+ hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Stuffed

16 – 20 lbs

3 to 3.5+ hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Whole Turkey, Stuffed

20 – 24 lbs

3.5 to 4+ hours

1 Tbsp

None

170°F

Reynolds also makes oven bags for slow cookers (as in “crock pots,” not as in “chefs who take their time”), banishing forever the need to scratch away at the baked-on carbon crusted to the edges of the cooker. (Here’s a great review (she says humbly) of Cook’s recommendations for slow cookers and crock pots.)

You know, as I thought about these things more, I did a little dig through my “third drawer down” and have come up with a couple of startling Reynolds-related insights:

Kitchen Clean Up-61) We own a LOT of Reynolds products, including the Hefty bags that cart the turkey bones out to the trash cans. How can so many products from one manufacturer end up in my kitchen without me consciously acknowledging that I’m a fan? I’m either a super inattentive shopper or Reynolds employs some super efficient branding gurus. I’m going with the latter.

2) Until I started thinking about turkey oven bags, I had always mentally associated Reynolds with aluminum foil. It turns out there is a good reason for this:

The creation of both the Reynolds® and Hefty® brands is the direct result of American ingenuity mixed with a bit of elbow grease. Reynolds Wrap Foil was invented after aluminum was no longer needed for military use; and became a new staple for American kitchens. Hefty® waste bags were first developed with excess material from an early plastics innovator, creating another household essential.
(Source: http://reynoldsconsumerproducts.com/pages/About.aspx)

Kitchen Clean Up-73) I had also always thought of parchment paper, muffin cups, and wax paper as devices to keep food from sticking, as in “good for the food.”

On closer examination of the product marketing, I realize I was missing the big “aha!”: Reynolds baking products are actually pre-emptive cleaning supplies!


*In case  you were actually wondering, “How long do I cook a turkey the normal way?” I don’t want to leave you hanging.


Cook’s Illustrated “Highly Recommended” Winner:
Calphalon Roaster with V Rack

Experts agree that you should remove the turkey from the oven when an instant-read thermometer measures 165 in the deepest part of the breast meat, and yes, you really, really do need to let the turkey rest for 30 minutes out of the oven before carving to give the meat time to reabsorb the juices.

You do have a good all-purpose thermometer, right? No? Okay, then… here’s a “by the clock” table for an unstuffed bird. For a stuffed bird, you’ll need to add half an hour, at least, to the total cooking time listed here.

6 to 8 pounds

2-1/2 to 3 hours

8 to 12 pounds

3 to 4 hours

12 to 16 pounds

4 to 5 hours

16 to 20 pounds

5 to 5-1/2 hours

20 to 24 pounds

5-1/2 to 6 hours

 

But seriously… get a thermometer like this inexpensive option recommended by Cook’s Illustrated. This isn’t the last turkey you’re going to cook, right?



ThermoPro TP03A Digital Thermometer

Finally, per the turkey cooking tip from Dennis Myers in the comments section below, here’s where to buy the Fiesta Fajita Seasoning he recommends:


Fiesta Fajita Seasoning

Happy Cooking!

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anita November 23, 2016 at 2:18 pm

I have a 28 1/2 lb turkey, will it fit into a large cooking bag??

kathy November 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Hi Anita,
Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve never tried to cook one that big, ever, much less in a cooking bag! Does anyone else out there have any experience with this?
Please let us know how it goes, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Denise November 23, 2016 at 11:40 am

I’m using the cooking bag, how long and what temp for an electric roaster? Thankyou for your help!

kathy November 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Hi Denise,
Sorry… we have not tried a cooking bag in an electric roaster. However, Reynolds does make a bag specifically for slow cookers, but I’m not sure they would translate to an electric roaster. Here’s what I did find on how to cook a turkey in a toaster: https://www.google.ca/amp/www.food.com/amp/recipe/perfect-turkey-in-an-electric-roaster-oven-339453?client=safari. You’ll just need to do a bit more clean up if you go that direction.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Josephine November 21, 2016 at 12:12 pm

I am cooking 12 1/2 lb turkey in your reynolds cooking bag.
My question is that I have to take turkey to someone who lives one hour away. If I leave it enclosed in bag from oven and drive an hour it will keep cooking. Does anyone know how to adjust the time, should I take it out 30 minutes earlier. Please help

kathy November 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Hi Josephine,

I don’t have an exact answer for this, but I suspect that once you remove the turkey (still in the bag) from the oven, it will begin to cool down, as will the rate of cooking. Meat does continue cooking once removed from the oven (even without a bag!), so logic says you should adjust a bit of time (15 minutes?) from the overall for that if you’re leaving the turkey in the bag to transport it, but I wouldn’t fuss about it too much. At most, it will keep the turkey warm and moist for your travels.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Josephine November 23, 2016 at 11:08 am

Thank You so much, I appreciate the helpful and quick response

Happy Thanksgiving

Josephine

Cindy November 20, 2016 at 9:07 am

Meant to say bone-in turkey breasts in my previous post.

Cindy November 20, 2016 at 6:48 am

I have 2 boneless turkey breasts about 6 lbs each to roast in an oven bag, can I put both of them in the same bag? If so, do I use the roasting time on the chart for 8-12 lbs.?

kathy November 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

Hi Cindy,
Yes, as long as there’s enough room in the bag to permit some air circulation, you should have no problem putting both pieces into the same bag. I’d be careful not to overcook them though. The separate pieces should cook more quickly than a whole bird, so use a thermometer to double check your temp. Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert Morfin November 19, 2016 at 8:11 am

If I cook a turkey in a cooking bag the day before we plan to eat it, can I refrigerate it in the cooking bag ? And what’s the best way to reheat the slices the next day ? I was thinking microwave. Thank you. RM.

kathy November 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Hi Robert,

No one right way to do this, of course, but we generally slice the turkey before we store it, wrapped in aluminum foil. The foil keeps the moisture in when we reheat it in the oven the next day at about 350°. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Roz October 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

I always use the cooking bags and love how the turkey comes out. I would like to make two smaller turkeys this year so they will be easier to handle. Can I put two cooking bags in one large pan? Is it a problem if the two bags touch?
Thank you

kathy November 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Hi Roz,

As far as we know, there shouldn’t be an issue if the bags touch. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christina Palacios August 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I’m cooking a 4lb. Roast I only have that large turkey bags which I’m going to use.
How long will it take for a 4lb. Roast?

Alysha April 15, 2016 at 8:25 pm

Should I use a bag to cook my Cornish hens in? will they cook right I want a rosted look and I want then to be tender and moist.also should I use olive oil or butter?

Renita March 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

This was so helpful. Seems people who designed enclosed directions for cooking turkey in bag do not understand busy cooks do not have time to read fine print at length. Printing cooking times in cannot miss Bold print First at Top would aid the cook! As how long in oven is first question in preparation of holiday meal! They need to learn less is more on printed instructions!

Vicki Kurze March 26, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Hi I am cooking a fresh 10 lb ham and would like to know how long to cook it for??

Riccarda December 31, 2015 at 8:26 am

I am cooking a six pound unstuffed turkey how long do I cook it? Help.

kathy December 31, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Hi Riccarda,

The general rule is 15 minutes per pound for an unstuffed bird, so our best guess on this is that you should be safe at about 1.5 hours. The best bet is, of course, to use a meat thermometer and make sure it registers 165 degrees.

Happy feasting!

Riccarda December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Thank you

D manley November 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Thank you for all the information. Needed cooking info for a 26 pound bird. Notice many birds are larger than prescribed in the cooking bags. Again, thank you. Informative and personable. Thanks again and Hatoyama Thanksgiving. Hope you’re working from home with a big drum stick in your hand

kathy November 27, 2015 at 9:56 am

Hi Diane,

Thanks for circling back with your kind words. This post is actually turning out to be a cool way for us to be part of a LOT of happy holiday kitchens, well beyond our own!

Carlos Giles November 26, 2015 at 3:40 pm

Thank you so much I’m the guy who has been cooking the turkey 4 yrs in a row I love using the Reynolds oven baking bag it comes out of the oven very moist I told my wife I’m not doing next yr.there were 4 turkeys on the table well everyone loved mine the most and got voted in ok today 1 more hr. And thank god well be eating delicious moist turkey thanks to Reynolds oven bags .I love them and passed it on to my family.

Brittany November 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm

I have a 10 pound stuffed turkey . So should i cook for about 2 1/2 hours? And do I have to uncover it to brown the turkey for the last part of cooking or will it brown itself in the bag?

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Hey Brittany,
No need to uncover to brown — turkeys brown in the oven bag. Smaller turkeys brown lightly; larger ones turn golden because they cook longer. Brushing your bird with oil or melted butter before placing in the oven bag improves browning. A light dusting of paprika (at the beginning) can also enhance the appearance.

Nancy Howard November 26, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I plan on cooking around 6 to 7 lbs of turkey breast tenderloins in as turkey bag. ((My husband bought these instead of the turkey breast I was assuming that ai would cook.) Will this work, or should I just forget about the bag? If I use the bag, how long do I keep it in the oven? I has seen directions on the web varying from 30 minutes to your suggestion of 1 and a half to 2 hours. Can you help me right away before I put it in the oven?

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

If they were our tenderloins, we’d bake them in an oven bag so they stay moist while cooking to 170°F. We have no first-hand experience with your exact situation, but you can’t go wrong checking the temp as the 1-hour mark approaches and fine-tuning your timing from there. Do let us know what timing you recommend based on your own experience today.

Karen November 26, 2015 at 9:40 am

Help…put my 21 lb turkey in bag but had the oven at 325 for the first hour till I noticed my mistake…how long should I cook it now

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Follow the time recommendation in the chart as if you had started off at 350° from the get go. As long as your turkey reaches 170°F at the end, all’s well. No harm, no fowl (yuk, yuk). Enjoy!

Edward Onessimo November 26, 2015 at 7:06 am

similar to Scott’s question last year about “elevating” the bird, my question is about the rack. My roasting pan has a V-shaped rack like you’ve pictured. Do I (a) place the bagged turkey atop the rack, (b) place the turkey and rack inside the bag, or (c) skip using the rack and hope the bagged turkey remains upright in the roasting pan?

Pam November 26, 2015 at 7:31 am

I put the rack inside the bag. When cooked just slit the bag and lift the rack and turkey out of the pan.

ANNE November 26, 2015 at 6:36 am

Do I need to cover my dish while cooking the turkey in a bag?
and if yes do I leave it until the very end? Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving to yourself. Anne

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 11:54 am

No. The oven bag does the job of holding in the moisture.

TJ November 25, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Thanks so much for posting this! It is an excellent supplement to the instructions that come with the Reynolds Oven Bags. I have a quick question I was hoping to get your opinion on. It’s just me and my wife for Thanksgiving, so we are cooking a 6.5 lb whole turkey stuffed (didn’t even though they came that small!). I have both turkey size and regular size oven bags. Which would you recommend using, and for how long should we cook? I’m guessing the regular size to about 1.25-1.75 hours (checking with the meat thermometer, of course). Thanks again!

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 2:56 am

Thanks for your feedback TJ. Yup, we’d make the same guess as you: regular size bag for 1.25-1.75 hours. The final judge, of course, will be seeing 170°F on your quick-read thermometer. Happy T-Day TJ!

Ken November 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Okay, I have a 28lb turkey, planning on cooking it unstuffed, but I want to cook it in a bag. The biggest bag I could get was for a 24lb turkey. Can I still cook it in this bag. What do you think about putting a bag over each side? How long and what temp.do you suggest cooking it at?
Please help!!?

rickandkathy November 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Hi Ken,
We’re hearing that the bags work a bit beyond the stated range, so if your 28-pounder fits the bag you should be good to go. We would not recommend trying to use two bags on one bird. Cook at 350° as recommended by Reynolds until the internal temperature reaches 170°F. Please let us know how it goes!

Ken November 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Thank you so much,
how long for 28.33 lbs unstuffed?

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 2:52 am

Given that the Reynolds chart recommends 3 to 3.5 hours for 20 – 24 lb whole/unstuffed turkeys, our best guess is to plan on the high end of that range (3.5 hours) plus a bit more time if needed to reach 170°F. That’s one big bird!

Charlie November 25, 2015 at 5:47 pm

HELP! I have a 27 lb turkey. I’ve noticed the directions say up to 24 lbs. The turkey seems to fit in the bag, but how long do I cook it?

rickandkathy November 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

Hey Charlie,
The Reynolds table recommends 3 – 3.5 hours for birds up to 24 pounds. Given the extra few pounds of your turkey, we’d cook it for the upper end of the recommendation and check the temperature at 3 to 3.25 hours. You’re looking for 170°, so once it gets there you’ll be good to go.

Julie November 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

I have a 17 lb. turkey that I am going to cook in an oven bag. I also have a 2 lb. bone-in turkey breast & 2 turkey drumsticks to cook. Can I put them all in the same oven bag or should the breast & drumsticks go in their own bag for a different amount of time? Thanks for the help.

rickandkathy November 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Hi Julie,
Again, just our best guess here, but the tables indicate different cooking times for the pieces of turkey you want to cook. The 17-pounder, unstuffed, is supposed to cook for 2.5 – 3 hours while the smaller turkey breast needs only about 1 1/2 hours at 350°F. If it was our Thanksgiving dinner, we’d opt for separate bags to give each cut the time it needs. We’d put the drumsticks in with the turkey breast, checking everything against a meat thermometer to make sure everything reaches the recommended 170° before serving.

Janet November 25, 2015 at 3:18 pm

I have a 14pound turkey breast…bone in. How long do I cook it in your oven bag?

rickandkathy November 26, 2015 at 2:44 am

Hi Janet,
If we were cooking a bone-in 14-pound turkey breast, we’d follow the “Whole Turkey, Unstuffed, 12 – 16 lb” guideline in the Reynolds chart: 2 to 2.5 hours and be sure it reaches the recommended 170°F before serving. Let us know how it turns out!

Debby November 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

Small crowd this year, using my oven bag as usual, but I bought a whole
7 lb turkey but the legs and wings are cut off, so is that considered a breast
with the bone still in. So it looks whole, you could stuff it but seems all
recipes I find for roasting just say turkey breasts, which I assume are not
still looking like a whole turkey. Should I use instructions for just breasts,
or for a hole 7 lb. turkey???

kathy November 25, 2015 at 12:09 pm

Hi Debby,
We’d go with the “turkey breast, bone in” recommendation in the table, which says for 4-8 lbs to cook for 1.25 to 2 hours, until the meat thermometer registers 170 degrees F.
Happy feasting!

Lillie November 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Hellop Kathy,
I have a recipe which calls for adding champagne for the turkey to roast in. Can I add the champagne to the roasting bag?

Thanks,
‘Lillie

kathy November 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Hi Lillie,
If it’s a small quantity of champagne, it will contribute to the steam–and the flavour of the turkey and the gravy–in the bag. If it’s a lot (more than half a cup) we think it would run the risk of boiling your bird rather than just keeping it moist.

Miranda November 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

I have to cook a 30lb Turkey do you think it can be done in a oven bag?

kathy November 13, 2015 at 6:48 pm

Hi Miranda,

Wow, that’s a big turkey! Sounds like you’re lining up for a great party.

As far as we know, the bags are rated up to 24 lbs. It’s likely that even if you can cram the 30 pounder into their biggest bag, anything beyond 24 lbs is going to start crowding the space.

Chris November 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

I lost the cooking times for my oven bags and want to cook a butter knife roast and potatoes. Can you help me please?

kathy November 13, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Hi Chris,

We’d be happy to help, but frankly, we’ve got no idea what a butter knife roast might be. Do you mean a “Butter Ball” turkey?

Edward Onessimo November 26, 2015 at 7:02 am

sounds like another name for “spoon roast,” a cut of beef. I’d just follow Reynolds guide.

Sonia April 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

I have a 16 pound turkey stuffed. I am cooking it in a bag and need to have it cook for 4 1/2 hours. Can I lower the temperature to 250? I know it says to cook at 350 for 3 hours. Help.

mary April 3, 2015 at 10:11 am

Kids don’t like ham I have 2 8 lb turkey breast bone in I was told to use one bag but only use time for 1 8 lb is this correct.Reynolds is closed for the holiday

Leah Fernald March 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm

What can I do? The grocery store didn’t have a smaller size than the turkey size.
There are 2 of us and we want to cook a small chicken breast. What can I do? Do I cut the excess off the bag?
Leah

Albert December 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Is there a chart for cooking a turkey in an oven bag for a convection oven?

rickandkathy December 31, 2014 at 11:45 am

Convection ovens work by circulating air around food with a fan. Oven bags are designed to trap moisture inside the bag and keep foods moist by providing a barrier between the food and the oven. Because the air circulated inside a convection oven doesn’t penetrate the membrane formed by the oven bag, it never actually reaches the food. For this reason, we believe that cooking times are the same regardless of the type of oven you use so long as the oven temperature is constant. Do let us know if your experience is different.

Michelle December 22, 2014 at 9:26 pm

I need to cook 6 Cornish hens each 24 ounces and unstuffed. I would like to use a turkey cooking bag but not sure for length of time.

rickandkathy December 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Bake the Cornish hens for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of the thigh (not touching the bone) reads 170°F.

Debbie Hildt December 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Can I cook two 3 lb turkey breasts in one roasting bag?

kathy December 13, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Don’t see why not, as long as the bag you use is large enough to allow for some air circulation around both breasts. (That sounds way more personal than I meant, but you get my drift….)

Maria November 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm

How long can the turkey stay in the oven bag after it has finished cooking. My dinner is not until 7 pm and the turkey is done already

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 8:07 pm

We recommend removing the turkey from the oven bag once it’s finished cooking. If you need to hold the cooked bird for awhile before serving, according to ShelfLifeAdvice the goal is to keep it above 140°F without overcooking it and drying it out. So if you need to keep the turkey warm while waiting for the dinner hour, cover it with foil and put it in a 200°F oven with a pan of water on the bottom of the oven to keep the bird moist.

Scott November 27, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Thanks for this information! Normally I would elevate my turkey off the bottom of the pan when I roast it. What about when it’s in a bag? Do I need to elevate it off the bottom of the bag? Or elevate the bag off the bottom of the pan?

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm

No, you don’t have to elevate the turkey inside the bag. Dusting the inside of the bag with the 1 tbsp of flour is to help the turkey not stick to the inside of the bag.

DuWayne November 27, 2014 at 11:37 am

How long to cook a 32 pound unstuffed turkey in a turkey bag. It barely fit, but will work?

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

We’ve never cooked a turkey this size, so we don’t know for sure. Our best guess is to check the internal temperature at 4 hours and estimate time remaining to reach 170 from there. Also, if the turkey barely fits the bag, we’d be concerned about achieving enough air circulation to brown the bird adequately (be sure to vent the bag with slits). Please let us know your results!

Lee Smith November 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

Does the turkey brown in the bag or does it have to be opened to brown?

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 1:35 pm

As long as you’ve cut vents in the bag to release steam, the turkey should brown nicely.

Liz November 27, 2014 at 11:09 am

OOPS! I forgot to add flour to bag! Will I ruin the meal??

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

No worries… The flour simply helps ensure that the bag doesn’t stick to the bird.

Gennie November 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

YOU are a LIFESAVER!
I had a helper(my grandson) who threw away my Reynold’s box and I didn’t have temps/time to do my 23 lbs turkey and was afraid I would undercook~when I went to the Reynold’s site, they were down!! I however found your site and will NOT ever use another for help!! THANK you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Char November 27, 2014 at 10:35 am

You saved me! I lost the instruction sheet from my oven bags, (maybe because I haven’t cooked a turkey since last Thanksgiving), and I couldn’t get into the Reynolds site. All I needed was the cooking time. Thanks!

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanna November 27, 2014 at 11:08 am

I was leaving a comment for the same reason! Thanks for putting the instructions on your site, it’s the only one working. I guess Reynolds is awfully busy today. Happy Thanksgiving!

RKF November 27, 2014 at 10:34 am

Thanks! However, the Stuffed/Unstuffed charts are labelled backwards.

rickandkathy November 27, 2014 at 10:57 am

Hi RKF,
Thanks so much for flagging the typos, which we’ve just corrected.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Turkey Cooking (stuffed or unstuffed)!

Doug November 27, 2014 at 8:56 am

How long do I cook a 26lb Stuffed Turkey in a bag for?

kathy November 27, 2014 at 9:43 am

Hi Doug,
We’d start testing the temperature at about 3.5 hours. If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer, we’d go with at least 4 hours. While you don’t want it to dry out, you also don’t want to mess around with under-cooked turkey, especially if it is stuffed.

John Morris November 27, 2014 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the great tip! There were no instructions on the box so I did a Google search and came here, the Renoylds site was shut down, you did real well here explaining it all and providing me, Dad, with some highly valuable information today, thanks again!

kathy November 27, 2014 at 9:44 am

You’re welcome, John. Thanks for the kind words, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Crystal November 27, 2014 at 7:25 am

Thank you so much for insight and website! It’s Thanksgiving Day, I have a 5 lb turkey breast for my 3 person family and Reynolds turkey bags. The instructions that came with the bags do not say how long to cook a 5 lb breast. I tried their website and it seems to be very busy because of the holiday! You have truly saved my day.

Again, thank you.

kathy November 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

You’re welcome, Crystal, and Happy Thanksgiving!

irene November 26, 2014 at 10:15 am

Please help, how long to cook 21pound turkey in cooking bag I do not have a cooking chart. Thank you

Sandra November 27, 2014 at 8:37 am

3.5 hrs 325 degree in an oven bag

kathy November 27, 2014 at 9:46 am

Hi Irene,
Go with 3 – 3.5 hours. Happy cooking!

Lisa Crawford November 25, 2014 at 5:35 am

Why does it take about half the time to roast a 24 lb turkey in an oven bag than it does without one?

kathy November 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

Hi Lisa,
The bag traps both heat and steam close to the turkey, rather than letting both dissipate throughout the much larger space of the entire oven. (I realize this isn’t an especially robust answer, but it’s as far as I understand it!)

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Sparkey November 15, 2014 at 7:08 am

who wants to use a seasoning with MSG in it? No thank you. How about salt, pepper, garlic, and fresh lemons and onions stuffed into the cavity with some fresh herbs like basil, parsley or cilantro…. much better than some seasoning with chemicals we don’t need.

kathy November 27, 2014 at 10:01 am

Excellent suggestion if you want to avoid the MSG, Sparkey. Thanks!

Dennis Myers October 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I have been cooking turkeys for 20 years in cooking bags. I know of no other way to get a fully cooked moist turkey in a short time with next to no mess.
In my area there are Fiesta spices which are probably available nationwide. I have found that after washing the turkey, and lightly coating it with olive oil, that Fiesta Fajita Seasoning sprinkled liberally all over the bird (inside and out) yields a really tasty bird. The juices are favored well for gravies and sauces as well.
Thanx!
Dennis

rickandkathy October 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Thanks for the Fiesta Fajita Seasoning tip Dennis. Sure sounds tasty. We’re big believers in first-hand experience, so 20 years with Reynolds cooking bags definitely qualifies!

We added a link for the Fiesta seasoning at the bottom of the post to save folks a trip to the market.

Patti September 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Thanks so much!!! We lost out instructions and did not know how long to cook our 7 lb turkey breast! You saved the day!!

kathy September 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Patti, our pleasure! Glad to hear it was helpful.

Julie November 6, 2016 at 8:32 pm

You are so nice to take the time to answer everybody’s questions. Thank you for that. I’m thinking about coming 2 birds instead of 1 that is 25lbs so it was great to see in this thread that I can do that side by side in their own bags.

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