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Pre-Stuffing a Turkey?

Can I stuff my bird tonight? Will it effect the cooking time or quality of the meat or stuffing?
Please, no lectures about the dangers of stuffing a turkey. I’ve heard it all, have always stuffed my turkey and it hasn’t killed me yet.
If it makes a difference to the answer, it’s about 17 lbs and I’m planning to stick it in the oven around 11:00 tomorrow morning.
Thanks for your answers!

no, go for it, we’ve done this for years, be sure to refrigerate it right away till your ready to cook it.use a cooking thermometer in the breast area to be sure its done cooking

6 thoughts on “Pre-Stuffing a Turkey?

  1. Jane says:

    please don’t stuff the turkey until you are ready to cook it.

    bacteria will have a field day in there.

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/stuffing.cfm

    stuffing tips
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  2. A. says:

    my grandma always pre stuffs her turkey and it seems the stuffing comes out better it isn’t all mush either…and yeah it adds flavor to the turkey…
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  3. Lady Luck says:

    One of these times it will make you very sick.
    Russian Roulette.
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  4. 8THZN says:

    no, go for it, we’ve done this for years, be sure to refrigerate it right away till your ready to cook it.use a cooking thermometer in the breast area to be sure its done cooking
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  5. Special says:

    You may have to cook it a bit longer, one hour more.

    I like using a cheese cloth bag to put my stuffing in. I’ll bag it up tonight then put it in the turkey tomorrow morning.

    Happy Thanksgiving !
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  6. Stefaroni88 says:

    First- putting the stuffing in the turkey before it is cooked is SO DANGEROUS. Bacteria galore! Second- Actually, stuffing in the turkey makes the turkey drier, so it is better to cook the turkey and stuffing separately and then put in the stuffing. You can use a measuring cup with removable cup (we got ours from pampered chef), pull the cup almost out and load it with stuffing. Then place in the cavity of the turkey and push the stuffing in. Alton Brown demonstrated on Food Network the other day, so I’m sure you could find a video of it on YouTube.
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