Is it safe for non- browned ground turkey in a crock? I've always heard "brown first!"
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"Brown first" is usually done for flavor and color, not safety reasons. As long as your crockpot throughly cooks the meat to 165F, it is safe to eat.
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I agree with HalfPint's answer. But to keep them from falling apart you need binding agents like egg yolk and bread crumb. I know everyone (except me) is using turkey leftovers this week, but turkey is probably my least favorite form of meatball. But good luck.