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Nov 20, 2003 03:28 PM

Stuffing a Turkey Overnight

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My family has decided to descend upon my new apartment this Thanksgiving, so that puts me in charge of the Turkey. I thought I'd try making it on a Farberware rotisserie, and I will need to truss the turkey up tightly so it doesn't fall apart on the spit. Ideally, I'd like to have it seasoned and trussed the night before, so I don't waste time on Thanksgiving morning, and to let the seasonings work in while the turkey rests in the refridgerator. However, trussing it the night before would mean putting the raw stuffing in as well. Ths seems dangerous -- e.g., letting a bunch of uncooked rice and stuff sit inside a raw turkey overnight _could_ lead to bacteria breeding that may not go away with cooking, I would think. Has anybody had a good or bad experience with stuffing a turkey the night before?

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  1. Don't do it. Season it if you'd like, but don't stuff it in advance.

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    1. re: AlanH

      you should never stuff a turkey with uncooked stuffing. It never gets above 140f in the cavity. cook the stuffing and put it in the turkey after it comes out, it tastes the same.

    2. I'm weird about putting the stuffing in the turkey at all. But thats just me.

      1. Do. Not. Stuff. In. Advance.

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          Zach Georgopoulos

          OK -- my suspicions are confirmed -- I will not stuff the turkey overnight...

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          1. How long will a turkey take, 7-9 hours ?

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            1. re: Alan
              Zach Georgopoulos

              On the rotisserie? According to the handy-dandy Farberware book (published in the '60s) it should take between 4 and 5 hours (for an 8 to 10 lb. turkey). I've made some really good roasts on this thing, but have never used it for fowl. I figure I'll be OK if I keep taking the temperature with my high-tech digital thermometer...