HOW A POP-UP TURKEY TIMER WORKS:
(FROM: Reader’s Digest https://www.rd.com/food/fun/turkey-pop-up-timer-works/)
Learn the secret behind a turkey pop-up timer.
On Thanksgiving, millions of home cooks will rely on a wonderful little piece of technology to tell them when the turkey is ready to come out of the oven: the pop-up timer. It’s foolproof—just peek, and if the stick hasn’t popped up yet, keep cooking. How does the timer issue its proclamations with such concrete certainty?
It’s ingeniously simple. The plastic pop-up stick attaches to a spring that is held in place by a blob of food-grade soft metal or wax. When just the correct temperature is reached—usually about 165 degrees indicates a cooked-through turkey—the soft metal or wax anchor melts, freeing the spring and launching the stick into its “hey, the turkey is done!” position.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE:
(FROM: M.E. HEUCK BLISTER PACKAGING OF POP UP TIMER FOR TURKEY BY COLUMBIAN HOME PRODUCTS, LLC http://www.columbianhp.com)
1. Insert pop-up timer into center of breast at a slight angle. Timer should not touch any bones. If placing timer in turkey roll or breast, insert in thickest part of meat.
2. Cook the turkey with the breast side up at 325 F detree until timer stem pops up. (If turkey is frozen, insert timer after thawing). Oven temperature variations, amount of stuffing, and coldness of turkey will affect overall cooking time. Use your other directions as a guide, however, trust your pop-up timer to tell you when the bird is deliciously done (stem will pop up when chicken has reached 180 F degree).
CLEANING: pop-up timer is disposable (DO NOT REUSE).