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Can I safely stuff a chicken or turkey before freezing it?


Do not stuff before freezing because there is a high risk of food poisoning. Thawing and cooking pre-stuffed frozen birds takes too long and provides a perfect environment for bacterial growth. Stuff a thawed bird just before you put it in the oven to cook. Better yet, cook the stuffing separately.               

 

 

Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
 

 

 

 

Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

 

 


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