Reynolds Cooking Bag Chart

For use in conventional or microwave ovens. Caution: do not use with countertop electric roaster ovens. Five easy steps to a great meal: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Do not exceed 400 degrees. Add 1 tbsp flour to bag. Shake! This helps prevent bag from bursting. Place bag in pan at least 2 inches deep. Place food in bag! Close bag with tie (found inside this package). Cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag to allow steam to escape. Tuck ends of bag in pan. Place pan in oven, allowing room for bag to expand during cooking without touching heating elements, wall or racks. Bag should not hang over pan. Bake according to recipe or chart. To serve – carefully cut open top of oven bag. Remember – always support bag with pan. Enjoy!


  • Preheat Oven to 350°F.
  • Add 1 Tbsp flour, 2 stalks of celery and 1 medium sliced onion to oven bag. Spray inside of bag with non-stick cooking spray, if desired.
  • Brush thawed turkey with oil or melted butter; season as desired. Place turkey on top of vegetables in bag.
  • Close bag with tie; cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag.
  • Bake according to chart below until meat thermometer reads at least 165°F in several places not touching the bone. Bake until dark meat reaches 180°F if desired. Use Reynolds KITCHENS® Large Size Oven Bag for foods 8lbs or smaller.
  • Cooking Times:

    Check out the s below for more information on cooking times or download the full turkey oven bag guide for more details.

    For everyday meals with ease, cook dinner in an oven bag following these steps and cooking times.

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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:

    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.

    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.)

    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.


    How long to cook a 20 lb turkey in a Reynolds bag?

    For whole, unstuffed turkeys in oven cooking bags, cook at 350 °F for the following approximate times:
    1. 8-12 lb turkey: 1 1/2 to 2 hours;
    2. 12 to 16 lb turkey: 2 to 2 1/2 hours;
    3. 16-20 lb turkey: 2 1/2 to 3 hours;
    4. 20-24 lb turkey: 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

    What size do Reynolds Oven Bags come in?

    Oven bags are available in Large size in addition to the popular Turkey size. Use Large size (16″” x 17 1/2″”) for easy, everyday meals or for recipes serving up to 6. This size is recommended for foods up to 8 pounds such as chicken pieces, pork chips, beef strips, medium size roasts, and turkey breasts.

    How long does it take to cook a turkey breast in a Reynolds bag?

    2 bone-in turkey breasts, thawed (4 to 8 lbs. each) PLACE turkey breasts in oven bag on top of vegetables, separating for heat circulation. 1 Reynolds KitchensⓇ Oven Bag, Turkey Size BAKE 1½ to 2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 165°F in each breast, not touching the bone.

    How long does a turkey take to cook in a bag?

    A 12-pound turkey should be fully cooked (using this bag method) after about 3 to 3.5 hours in a 350 degrees F oven.

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