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Top Tips for Safe Stuffing

November 16, 2022

This Thanksgiving, take proper planning, preparation, and storage steps to ensure this side dish is not only delicious, but free from harmful bacteria.

Top Tips for Safe Stuffing

* Start by determining how much stuffing you need.  When serving individual-sized portions, plan for about 1/2 cup of prepared stuffing per serving. If stuffing whole poultry, plan for about 1/2 to 1 cup of prepared stuffing per pound of uncooked poultry. 

* Have a food thermometer ready. Stuffing should reach an internal temperature of 165°F, which may take longer if cooked inside of poultry or meat. For maximum safety, consider cooking stuffing separately in a casserole. 

* When stuffing the large cavity of fresh or thawed whole poultry, use a moist stuffing mixture rather than a dry one. Spoon the stuffing loosely, avoiding over-stuffing the bird. 

* Refrigerate any leftover foods that are perishable within two hours. When reheating leftovers, make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165°F once again before eating them.



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