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Old 03-25-2008, 02:46 PM   #1
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Cooking a frozen stuffed turkey in an oven bag

so due to time restraints i am attempting to cook a frozen stuffed turkey in an oven bag. Is this safe? I have read that most suggest to not do it due to the difficulty of removing the giblets but that has already been done before cooking. Is there any danger of food poisoning using this method to cook the frozen prestuffed turkey? Also, any idea on cook times? The oven bag only gives times on thawed meats. Thanks for your help.

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Old 03-25-2008, 02:48 PM   #2
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How big is the turkey and how long do you plan to cook it? Are you cooking it today? It doesn't sound safe to me, but I'm no expert.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:52 PM   #3
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How big is the turkey and how long do you plan to cook it? Are you cooking it today? It doesn't sound safe to me, but I'm no expert.
Its 5.5kg (12.1 pounds) and im really not sure how long to cook it... The instructions on the turkey say to cook it for 7 hours in a roasting pan, slightly covered with tin foil. We're just looking to cut the cook time by a couple hours and not get anyone sick in the process.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:52 PM   #4
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Hi Jason, I don't know if it is really safe but I've done this many, many times in past years and no one died! As I recall, the cooking time was a little longer. Also, I always used a thermometer to make sure the bird was fully cooked.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:54 PM   #5
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Hi Jason, I don't know if it is really safe but I've done this many, many times in past years and no one died! As I recall, the cooking time was a little longer. Also, I always used a thermometer to make sure the bird was fully cooked.
Do you mean longer as in longer than the times given on the oven bag or longer than the time it would take to roast it? We have a thermometer but unforuntately its not oven safe so can only test it when we think its done.
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Check out this - it will help I do believe.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:56 PM   #7
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Use the temps and times on the roasting bag box. Then check the temp of the meat and gauge how much more time you'll need. I may be remembering wrong, but I thought for a frozen bird that size in a roasting bag, it was more like 5 hours.
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:58 PM   #8
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Ahhhh, the link Elf posted tells you exactly. And BTW, welcome to DC! I hope you'll let us know how your turkey turns out!
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:04 PM   #9
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I believe the question is about the oven bag, not how to roast a frozen turkey, which is quite safe. But a frozen turkey will take a lot longer to cook than a thawed one, oven bag or not.

DO NOT thaw a pre-stuffed frozen turkey. Roast it from its frozen state or food poisoning will be an issue.

I think it's probably ok to use the oven bag. It would raise the temp faster.

Make sure your stuffing is at least 165 degrees or it's not safe to eat.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:09 PM   #10
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Maybe im skimming over the link elf posted too quickly but i didn't see anything about cooking the frozen stuffed turkey in an oven bag. We bought one of those look oven bags to cook the turkey in, its a bit too late to switch to the roasting pan method and since the label on the frozen turkey suggested to take 7 hours for a 4-5kg frozen stuffed turkey, we thought using the bag would speed things up a bit.

We looked all over the net and couldn't find anything that suggested doing so, though the only reasons they gave was the difficulty of removing the giblets, which has already been done and the possiblity of juices overflowing. I just wanted to make sure its not going to get people sick.
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