Can I make stuffing the night before and refrigerate it?

I would really like to minimize the amount of work I have to do tomorrow. Can I make the stuffing tonight and put it (uncooked) in the fridge overnight and then pop it in the oven tomorrow to actually cook? Will it get weird if it has time to soak all night?

What about potatoes? Can I peel those tonight and just refrigerate them. That way, all I have to do is toss them in boiling water tomorrow? I have no idea if those are one of those vegetables that will get odd if exposed to air.
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my grandmother used to make the stuffing and we drove three hours in the car with it (in a big old pot) to get to the country house (no way as impressive as that sounds :lol: ) and my mother would refrigerate it till the next day - or two 8O when she would stuff the turkey. no one died :lol: :lol:

if you refrigerate it it should be fine. the potatoes will brown if exposed to air and lose some nutrients if refrigerated in water, but thanksgiving isn't really about nutrition is it?
Sure you can. Infact I am doing that right now.
Good idea to help take the work out of tomarrow. :lol:
kerry wrote:
if you refrigerate it it should be fine. the potatoes will brown if exposed to air and lose some nutrients if refrigerated in water, but thanksgiving isn't really about nutrition is it?


Nutrition no, but if I serve brown potatoes, it'll haunt me for life!
ButtersStotch wrote:
kerry wrote:
if you refrigerate it it should be fine. the potatoes will brown if exposed to air and lose some nutrients if refrigerated in water, but thanksgiving isn't really about nutrition is it?


Nutrition no, but if I serve brown potatoes, it'll haunt me for life!


store them in cold water.
Liberally salt the water and use a non-metal bowl. Make sure the taties are covered with water. They will be fine and shouldn't get brown.

Stuffing is also o.k., as long as it's outside the bird. Never stuff the bird ahead of time. You risk salmonella.
And...you're premixed stuffing will be fine, as long as you don't store it in the bird. Then, you'd be in big trouble!
Hmmmm . . . Jill is cooking Thanksgiving dinner . . . should I drive over there late afternoon to be sure everyone is still alive?

Maybe I should take a poll.

:twisted:
I made the bread part of it today and it's stored in an airtight container on the counter until tomorrow. But, I won't put it together with the rest of the ingredients until tomorrow. I would think it'd be okay, though.

The potatos will be fine if you do them like Paula suggested.

Jil, probably not a bad idea. :wink:

Good luck, Jill! I'm still very impressed that you're making it all yourself. Bravo!! :clappurple:
Let us know how you did!!!!!!
Wow, someone has food (and it's bread!) stored on the counter . . . what's that like? :roll:
Beau's Mom,, you should put the turkey in the icebox (I can't spell refridgerator). It's o.k. to leave it out for a few hours, but overnight it should be kept cold. I used to work at a public health department so I'm very zealous about storing food properly. I don't want anybody refunding their dinner!
Cook and mash the potatoes, then reheat tomorrow.
bestdogsx4 wrote:
Cook and mash the potatoes, then reheat tomorrow.




:idea: Holly, don't let anyone call you blonde!!!
I thought that was how everyone did it :D
I always made mine that day. It kept me busy, so I could (innocently) ask my MIL to make her wonderful gravy!
floofdog wrote:
Hmmmm . . . Jill is cooking Thanksgiving dinner . . . should I drive over there late afternoon to be sure everyone is still alive?

Maybe I should take a poll.

:twisted:


Hey! I was so busy cooking that I didn't see that comment! I'll be sure to fix a special plate for you. :twisted: :twisted:
Whew! She's still alive! I was beginning to worry! :twisted:
I'm cooking (and drinking)..but my cooking smells like heaven!!! Wish you all were here!
You guys are all making me want a turkey dinner LOL

Not thanksgiving here though, ours was early October so no more turkey here til xmas.

Speaking of which, do you find it makes xmas dinner (those who celebrate xmas) less enjoyable since you didn't have to wait long for it? LOL
No worries, Paula, the turkey was in the brine in the refrigerator for 24 hours before going into the oven yesterday. No refunds here. It was only the bread crumbs from the cornbread and white bread & saltines for the stuffing that were in an airtight container on the counter.

And if I do say so myself, the stuffing was the best I've ever made. It turned out wonderfuly and the turkey was moist and delicious, too. YUM!! 8)
Best to peel potatoes day of as I think they would lose too much flavor and nutrition overnight when refrigerated. Mine have gone brown even in the fridge before. I was thinking the same thing about my stuffing since in the northwest my indoor temps are only around 68f.

I think I will refrigerate although I think it will not be as moist and yummy from the fridge. I think I will leave the stock from the giblets out overnight as I have removed the meat part.
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