Is it safe to use cheesecloth, a stuffing cage or stuffing bags to stuff a turkey?
Yes, these products are safe to use. Stuffing cages, stuffing bags and cheesecloth are designed to hold stuffing inside the turkey cavity while it cooks. They make it easier to remove the stuffing by simply pulling the cage handle or stuffing bag out of the turkey cavity when done. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions and make sure the stuffing is loosely packed in the cage, bag, or cheesecloth prior to cooking the turkey. Cook the turkey immediately after stuffing. Use a food thermometer to make sure the center of the stuffing and the turkey reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F. [Back to Top] Is it safe to put hot stuffing into a poultry cavity? Yes. For food safety you should not cool stuffing before spooning it into a poultry cavity. It should be mixed just before stuffing and cooking the turkey. [Back to Top] Is pre-stuffed poultry and meat safe to buy? Some pre-stuffed meats are safe to buy and use; some are not. • Frozen, Pre-Stuffed, Uncooked or Cooked Poul