Many have already started preparations to get their turkey in the oven for Thanksgiving. When it comes to preparing a big meal, there’s always a chance someone can get sick if proper sanitary measures aren’t taken.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.
Preparing the turkey
- Do not wash the turkey. Washing raw meat and poultry can cause bacteria to spread up to three feet away.
- If you’re thawing your bird in the microwave, plan to cook it immediately after.
- Whole turkeys should only be thawed in the refrigerator or by submerging in cold water.
- Cook all turkey products to 165 degrees. If you’re preparing a whole turkey, the temperature should reach 180 degrees in the thigh, 170 degrees in the breast and 165 degrees in center of the stuffing.
Avoid cross contamination
- Keep countertops clean.
- If raw meat touches any surfaces, cutting boards or utensils, clean them with hot water and soap.
- Frequently wash hands with soap or sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
- Store leftovers within two hours of cooling.
- Eat or freeze all leftovers within three days.
- If you’re storing leftovers from a whole turkey, carve it before storing.
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