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How to Stuff a Turkey

Watch more Thanksgiving Recipes videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to stuff a turkey perfectly and safely with these foolproof instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning When stuffing your turkey, make the stuffing at the last minute so it can go into the bird warm, reducing the potential for bacteria to grow around it during baking. Step 1: Prep the turkey Make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Remove the giblet package from the cavity, rinse the bird inside and out with cold water, and pat it dry. Step 2: Make the stuffing Make the stuffing just before you're ready to cook the turkey. If you want to do some prep work ahead of time, keep the recipe's wet ingredients chilled and separate from the dry ones until it's time to stuff the turkey. Tip Plan on 1 cup of stuffing per pound of turkey -- more if you're cooking for a Thanksgiving crowd! Step 3: Stuff the turkey Stuff both the neck and body cavities loosely; otherwise, it won't cook evenly and bacteria could grow. If there's any left over, put it in a buttered, oven-safe casserole dish and refrigerate it. Cover and stick it in the oven about 30 minutes before the bird is done. Uncover it and cook for an additional 10 minutes for a crispy, golden top. Step 4: Keep stuffing inside Keep the stuffing from spilling out by sticking a skewer through the neck flap and tying the legs together with cooking twine. Immediately place the stuffed turkey in a preheated oven set no lower than 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Tip If you're cooking a turkey breast, hold the stuffing in with a piece of foil. Step 5: Check the temperature When the turkey is done, stick a meat thermometer into the center of the stuffing to make sure it's reached 165 degrees. Bon appetit! Did You Know? When stuffing is cooked outside the bird, the correct term is "dressing."
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