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Does Stuffing a Turkey Dry it Out?

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Let’s be honest here. Stuffing a turkey CAN dry it out.  But there are many ways to dry out a turkey, and many of us lose sleep over those turkeys not in our immediate control. And by that I mean the one my mother-in-law dries out every year. But people are very tied to their traditions, and there isn’t much that can be done. So I prepared a little list of ways to increase the odds that your Thanksgiving turkey won’t be dry as a bone on Thanksgiving day.

     1.    Offer to make and bring the stuffing.  This way you can decide the moisture content of your stuffing.
     2.    Offer to use some of the stuffing as a dressing, or a side.  This will help keep the turkey from being packed too tightly which causes uneven cooking, and eventual drying.
     3.    Coat the outside with olive oil, and cover with foil.  Say this is to prevent “over browning”.
     4.    Keep them distracted.  Use whatever method you have to keep them from checking on the turkey every 5 minutes, which causes the oven temperature to fluctuate.  Kids are a GREAT distraction.
     5.    Bring a good turkey thermometer that can be read without opening the door.  This will remove the “is it done” yet question.
     6.    Let it rest.  15 minutes is all you need to let the juices settle in the turkey. This is a great time to do some last minute re-heating of the side dishes or set the table.

What are some of the ways you keep your turkey from getting dry?  Log in and leave a comment, or post a recipe!

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