Asked by: Luztolde Allegue
food and drink barbecues and grilling

Can you stuff the cavity of a turkey?

Last Updated: 13th April, 2020

12
Do not stuff the body cavity.Makesure you weigh the turkey after stuffing tocalculatethe correct cooking time. As a guide, for every 500g ofstuffingadd an extra 10 minutes to the unstuffed cookingtime.Alternatively spoon the stuffing into a dish andcookseparately.

Click to see full answer.

Likewise, what can you put in the cavity of a turkey?

Liberally salt and pepper the inside of theturkeycavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch ofthyme, halvedlemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush theoutside of theturkey with the butter mixture and sprinklewith salt andpepper.

One may also ask, is it OK to stuff a turkey? A: No. All stuffing ingredients – meat,vegetables,etc. – should be cooked before they are placedinside theturkey. A: Stuff both the neck and thebody cavities,using about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of stuffing per pound ofturkey.It should not be packed in – any extra canbake alongside in aseparate dish.

Similarly, what can you put in a turkey cavity instead of stuffing?

While I prefer not to stuff the turkey, I doliketo place some aromatics inside the cavity —carrots,onions, garlic, celery, and fresh herbs are great. I'vealso usedapples and lemons before as well. Before placing theturkeyon the roasting rack, rub the skin liberally withbutter or canolaoil.

When should you stuff a turkey?

Food safety is a significant concern when dealingwithstuffing. The USDA doesn't recommend against stuffingaturkey (although it frowns on pre-stuffed turkeyspreparedby stores and restaurants), but warns that home cooksshoulduse a thermometer to make sure the stuffing hasreached 165degrees before serving.

Related Question Answers

Maday Mazizior

Professional

Do I put water in the bottom of a roaster for Turkey?

No. We do not recommend adding water tothepan because it creates a steam and may steam-burn theturkey.The turkey will produce its own flavorfuljuices. Aftercooking, you can extend the turkey's juiceswith broth orwine, then add it to your gravy forextraflavor.

Montse Percival

Professional

What flavors go well with turkey?

(Here's an idea: try stuffing your turkeywithoranges, pomelos and fresh herbs to infuse extra flavorintoyour bird and help retain moisture!) Other fragrant fruitymatchesinclude cranberries, figs, sweet potatoes, corn, greenbeans,almonds, walnuts and urfa biber (otherwise known as isot orAleppopepper).

Beltran Yakovman (variation of Jacob)

Explainer

Do you have to cover a turkey with aluminum foil?

Aluminum foil is a big help when roastingaturkey. Use aluminum foil in one of two ways:enclosethe turkey in the foil before roasting it in ahotoven; or, use the foil as a tent to control the levelofbrowning. Enclosing the turkey makes it cook faster, buttheturkey skin, though golden, isn't crispy.

Naia Bardeci

Explainer

Do you put an apple in a turkey?

Gently loosen turkey breast skin, andinsertpieces of butter between the skin and breast. Placeapplesinside the turkey's cavity. Place turkeyin aroasting bag, and pour Champagne over the inside and outside ofthebird.

Reinhard Vaugt

Explainer

How long should a 15lb turkey cook?

How long to cook a turkey
Weight of Bird Roasting Time (Unstuffed) Roasting Time (Stuffed)
10 to 18 pounds 3 to 3-1/2 hours 3-3/4 to 4-1/2 hours
18 to 22 pounds 3-1/2 to 4 hours 4-1/2 to 5 hours
22 to 24 pounds 4 to 4-1/2 hours 5 to 5-1/2 hours
24 to 29 pounds 4-1/2 to 5 hours 5-1/2 to 6-1/4 hours

Thomasina Reindanz

Pundit

Why do you salt the cavity of a turkey?

When salt is applied to raw poultry, juicesinsideare drawn to the surface. The salt thendissolves inthe exuded liquid, forming a brine that iseventuallyreabsorbed by the poultry. The salt changes thestructure ofthe muscle proteins, allowing them to hold on to moreof their ownnatural juices.

Naouel Pfaffeneder

Pundit

How much turkey should I buy per person?

For turkeys smaller than 16 pounds, estimate1pound per serving (this accounts for bone weight). Forlargerbirds, a bit less is fine; they have a higher meat-to-boneratio.But if your goal is to have ample leftovers, aim for1½pounds per person whatever the turkey's size. For 8people, buya 12-pound turkey.

Marilee Notzel

Pundit

How long does it take to cook a Butterball turkey?

Cover breast loosely with foil after 1 to 1 1/4 hourstoprevent over-browning and drying. Begin checking theturkeyfor doneness about 30 minutes before the recommendedcooktime. Your turkey is done when the meatthermometer reaches140° F in thigh. 8-10 lbs.- 1 1/4-1 3/4 hrs./ 2 1/4-3 1/4 hrs./ 1 1/4- 1/2 hrs.

Arline Kreutztrager

Pundit

Is it better to cook a turkey in a bag or not?

Cooking your Thanksgiving turkey inaReynolds® Turkey Oven Bag is a great waytoensure your turkey will stay moist and succulent,whileturning out deliciously browned. The best part: all thedeliciousjuices stay in the Oven Bag, so you won't even needto scrubthe roasting pan with these easy steps.

Victorita Aisa

Pundit

How long do you cook a turkey in an oven bag?

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Rinse turkey and remove giblets. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Sprinkle the bottom of a turkey size oven bag with flour.
  4. Bake 3 to 3 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature ofthethigh meat reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).