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Nov 22, 2012 04:12 AM

I need help quickly!! Putting turkey in oven now!

I put vegetables in the turkey cavity last night. We are not eating them. (onion and celery) I know you are not supposed to stuff a turkey until right before you cook it. Will this turkey be ok to eat? thanks...

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  1. YES ..........all will be just fine

    1. You put raw onion and celery in the bird? You are supposed to saute the onion and celery, mix with the breading, and then put the stuffing in the bird. Anything that goes into or touches poultry is subject to cross-contamination but if you aren't going to eat the vegetables, then it shouldn't be an issue. However, you really should call the Dept. of Agriculture hotline:

      If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also ask questions of “Karen,” FSIS’ virtual representative, 24/7 at available in English or Spanish. for questions in Spanish


      Butterball also has a turkey hotline:

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      1. re: Just Visiting

        I've been putting raw onion and celery in the bird just by themselves (along with a few garlic cloves, a handful of parsley, and a half a lemon) for decades. If you're not going to eat them, it's a non-issue, although if the bird is cooked through, the veggies are likely safe (but they've given up all their flavor and are pretty limp at this point, so not terribly appetizing)

        The vegetables cook inside the bird, adding aromatic steam that helps keep the meat from drying out and adds subtle flavor.

        No problem -- you'll be fine.

      2. Yes, the raw veges are fine to put in the cavity ahead and, BTW - bread stuffing is NOT mandatory!!!

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        1. re: wincountrygirl

          You mean IN the bird, right?!?! My heart drops at the thought of no stuffing at all!

          1. re: wincountrygirl

            I think she meant that the veggies are intended to be the stuffing, or that she intends to add the bread now...she wrote, "I know you are not supposed to stuff a turkey until right before you cook it."
            If they were meant just to flavor the bird, then correct, you don't need to cook the veggies first and you don't need bread.

          2. Thank you so much -at least I feel that I am not going to poison anyone!! I also made a saugage stuffing that I cook in a casserole - the veggies are just for the cavity not to eat. I just put them in last night so I was afraid. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

            1. You're perfectly fine, and what you're doing is spot on. You are adding aromatics to the bird the same as you would mirepoix in anything else. Hope it turns out tasty!!