When we asked folks to participate in the infamous microwave turkey prank, we thought it was just that: a prank. You were supposed to text your loved ones and ask them how long to microwave a 25-lb. turkey as a joke, with the goal of finding out how mad the idea would make them.
But as it turns out, the phenomenon is kinda legit. You actually can cook a turkey in the microwave.
So how long does it take? 10 minutes per pound at 70 percent power, according to a General Electric recipe. That means 250 minutes for a 25-pound bird — or just more than four hours.
On the Today show, Buterball reps provided similar guidelines, though they recommended you stick with a smaller turkey if you’re going for microwave cooking. Try a nine-pounder to be safe.
Of course, in sharing these guidelines, we can offer you no certainty that the micro-turkey will taste good.
Meanwhile, in the past few days readers have been sending us screenshots of their microwave turkey pranks. Continue reading if you’ll delight in the boomer trickery: