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What can you put in turkey cavity instead of stuffing?

Last Updated: 21st May, 2020

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Similarly, what do you stuff a turkey cavity with?

Liberally salt and pepper the inside of theturkeycavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunchof thyme,halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush theoutside ofthe turkey with the butter mixture and sprinklewith saltand pepper.

Subsequently, question is, can you stuff a turkey with cold stuffing? No. Always stuff the turkey justbeforeputting it in the oven. You can, however, makethestuffing the night before and refrigerate ituntilyou're ready to roast the turkey. Be sure to lettheturkey and the stuffing rest at roomtemperatureone hour before stuffing.

Secondly, do you need to put stuffing in the turkey?

All stuffing ingredients – meat,vegetables,etc. – should be cooked before they areplaced insidethe turkey. A: Stuff both the neck and thebody cavities,using about 1/2 to 3/4 cups of stuffing perpound ofturkey. It should not be packed in –any extracan bake alongside in a separate dish.

Is it safe to stuff a turkey with dressing?

Stuffing Your Turkey: Just Don't DoIt.That means as the turkey around it cooks, juices thatmaycontain salmonella bacteria soak into the stuffing,whichthen must be cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees F in order tobesafe. Getting the stuffing to thistemperatureusually means overcooking theturkey.

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Belvis Eckelt

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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.

Ulysses Browning

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Do you always put eggs in stuffing?

Pour this mixture over the dry bread cubes, then addthechicken stock, eggs and spices. I've never notputeggs in stuffing, but my guess is that it makesthestuffing more moist. The eggs also act as a bit ofabinder. It's not tightly bound but helps the stuffing nottobe crumbly.

Rea Quinchon

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Should I cover my turkey with foil?

You can also cover the turkey with foil.Afoil tent doesn't do the same thing as a lid atall,because it doesn't seal any of the steam in. You're stillroastingthe turkey. Just cover the part that'sbrowning tooquickly with a piece of foil, or if the wholething iscooking too fast, cover it with a loosefoiltent.

PeƱas Macclelland

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Can you eat stuffing from inside Turkey?

If you insist on cooking yourstuffinginside a turkey, here are a few extra tips tomake surethat your turkey turns out moist and delicious andyourstuffing is safe to eat: Once the turkeyhasreached 165 degrees, carve off the white meat and let itrest.Stuff your turkey right before it goes intotheoven.

Diango Leers

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Is Turkey done at 165 or 180?

Some confusion is inevitable, as until 2006, theFDArecommended a cooking temperature of 165 for the breastmeatand 180 for the thighs. For turkey that's165degrees, you'll want to remove the bird from the ovenwhen thetemperature reaches 155 to 160 degrees because it willcontinue tocook outside the oven.

Shujing Golovei

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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

Enric Nicolaescu

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Is stuffing better in or out of Turkey?

If you cook the stuffing outsidetheturkey, first of all, it's no longer"stuffing"— it's "dressing." Both it and theturkey will cookmore reliably, and you can fill the insideof the turkey(loosely) with aromatics if you're going forthat Thanksgiving-yturkey-cornucopia look.

Climaco Arreciado

Pundit

Does stuffing a turkey make it taste better?

The United States Department of Agriculture ( USDA)recommends cooking the stuffing out side of thebird.Bacteria can survive in stuffing that has not reached165 F,possibly resulting in foodborne illness. Some people feelthatstuffing has a better taste and is moisterwhenprepared in the turkey.

Rashad Veloso

Pundit

Should I wash turkey before cooking?

To Wash or Not Wash. Food Safetyexperts(including us at USDA) do not recommendwashing rawmeat and poultry before cooking. USDA doesnot recommendwashing a whole turkey before youcook yourThanksgiving meal. You are likely to spread germsaround yourkitchen if you do so.

Diyan Achaerandio

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Is it OK to make stuffing a day ahead?

Because it uses veggies, bread and turkey broth,thisstuffing is perfectly fine to make ahead of timeandrefrigerate for the big day. While this recipe isperfectfor making ahead and baking on its own,stuffing withraw eggs (or other raw ingredients) should notbe stuffedinside the turkey.

Yesmina Ladyjnikov

Teacher

How big of a turkey do I need for 12 people?

For turkeys smaller than 16 pounds, estimate 1 poundperserving (this accounts for bone weight). For larger birds, abitless is fine; they have a higher meat-to-bone ratio. But ifyourgoal is to have ample leftovers, aim for 1½ poundsperperson whatever the turkey's size. For 8 people,buya 12-pound turkey.

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Enguia Noronha

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How long should I cook my turkey?

A disclaimer: turkeys vary, and so do homeovens.But generally, you will want to cook anunstuffedturkey for about 15 minutes per pound, at 325degrees. Foran 18-pounder, about four and a half hours woulddo thetrick. Roasting a stuffed bird will lengthen thecookingtime.