How much stuffing will fit into a bird? Prepare about 3/4 cup stuffing for every 1 pound of poultry.
You can prepare stuffing ahead of time and refrigerate it. But never stuff the poultry until you are ready to bake. Loosely spoon stuffing into the neck and body cavities to allow for expansion as the poultry roasts.
Stuffed poultry requires more roasting - add 15-45 minutes to the time unstuffed poultry takes.
The internal temperature of the stuffing must reach 165° in order to be fully cooked.
Cover the whole bird and let it stand for 10-20 minutes before removing the stuffing. Remove all stuffing and store any leftovers in separate containers in the refrigerator.
Stuffing can also be baked in a casserole dish as the poultry bakes. See specific recipes for baking directions.