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Safety of Stuffing a 37 pound Turkey

FrankBowden | Nov 19, 201907:09 PM     32

We will be cooking a 37 pound turkey for Thanksgiving and I'm trying to figure out if it is safe to put the stuffing in the bird. I have seen at least one site on the Internet that says it's not -- that the stuffing in so large a bird the stuffing will never get hot enough to kill bacteria. That seems like it could be true. I'm wondering if anyone has personal experience with cooking so large a stuffed bird. I've been cooking Thanksgiving dinner for probably 30 years and always stuffed the bird but never one so large. I'm thinking that the only possible safe way would be to put the turkey in a roasting bag or in in foil that's been folded to make it steam tight and roasting it at 450 or 500 degrees for the first 2 or 3 hours (totally guessing at times here). I'd love to hear anyone's personal experience but all thoughts are welcome. Thanks!

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