It wouldn’t be Christmas Day without a turkey for many people, but the bird is renowned for being a bit dry.
But it turns out there may be a very simple reason for why many of us struggle to ensure the meat remains moist.
If you stuff your turkey, as opposed to cooking the stuffing separately, then you may be causing your bird to dry out unnecessarily, according to experts.
Your turkey could dry out if you fill the cavity with stuffing, according to Paxo’s technical manager, who was interviewed on Food Unwrapped
Paxo, which makes 385 million stuffing balls a year, says that you should cook your sage and onion side dish on a different tray to your turkey.
If you stuff your turkey with stuffing, the bird will take up to 40 minutes longer to cook which could dry it out, it says.
The revelation was disclosed on the Christmas special of Food Unwrapped, which airs on Tuesday night on Channel 4.
Co-presenter Matt Tebbutt visits the Paxo factory, where 5,000 tonnes of stuffing are made every year, to find out the best way to cook the traditional Christmas side dish.
The best way to get moist meat is to cook stuffing (centre) separately alongside the other trimmings such as pigs in blankets (left), and roast potatoes (right)
Paxo’s technical manager Nick Moulds reveals that the company recommends customers cook the stuffing separately to the turkey, rather than use it to stuff the bird.
He explains: ‘We don’t recommend stuffing inside of bird with stuffing.
‘What we found with a medium-sized bird using the manufacturer’s cooking instructions, is that the bird took 40 minutes longer to cook because the cavity is so dense.
‘What we’re finding is that the bird is a lot drier than the bird where there’s nothing inside the cavity.’
He adds: ‘We find [the stuffing] makes a better product outside of the bird’.
It could be the reason why many people struggle not to dry out their turkeys on Christmas Day.
Food Unwrapped Does Christmas also revealed that you should never use ground cinnamon in your mulled wine as it can make the boozy winter warmer too ‘peppery’.
A taste test revealed that cinnamon sticks gives the best flavour.
Food Unwrapped Does Christmas airs on Tuesday night at 8pm on Channel 4.