Turkey and Stuffing Tips

ANY DRESSING can be used to stuff a turkey. For food safety reasons, review these pointers before cooking your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

Use egg substitute in place of eggs for dressing that is stuffed into the turkey.

Stuff the turkey just before baking—not beforehand. Loosely spoon the stuffing into the neck and body cavities to allow for expansion as it cooks.

To be sure the stuffing is done, a meat thermometer at the center of the stuffing inside the bird should reach 165°.

Always remove all of the stuffing before carving the bird. Never leave stuffing in cooked turkey when storing in the refrigerator.

Don't let cooked turkey and stuffing stand at room temperature longer than 2 hours.