Day Food Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the traditional turkey dinner.
However, the improper storing, cooking, and serving of roast turkey can lead to
the growth of harmful bacteria like salmonella,
which can cause foodborne illness.
Consumers are advised that safe food handling of turkey and other holiday
foods is essential in preventing foodborne illness. Here are some tips to share
with your family for preparing a Thanksgiving bird safely.
the frozen turkey in the refrigerator. Allow one day for each five pounds
of turkey. A twenty-pound turkey will take about four days to thaw. Hint:
Remove neck & giblets from inside the bird as soon as possible to
- Do not
thaw on the kitchen counter. If you do not have time to thaw in the
refrigerator, you may thaw it in cold water, provided that the turkey is
in a leak-proof packaging, it is submerged, and the water is changed every
half-hour. Allow 30 minutes per pound of turkey to thaw in cold water.
fresh turkeys within two days, thawed ones within four days.
your hands with hot, soapy water before and after handling raw poultry.
Wash all knives, cutting boards and utensils also after using for raw
and follow the cooking directions on the label. Cook turkey until it is
done (165°F). Do not slow cook overnight at low temperatures or partially
cook. Some turkeys come with pop-up thermometers. They are to be used only
as a guide to doneness. Take the
temperature with a meat thermometer to be sure the temperature is over
should not be prepared a day ahead and the turkey should not be stuffed
until ready to cook. A quicker, safer method is to cook the stuffing
separately in a casserole, using some of the pan juices to flavor and
moisten the stuffing.
the meal as soon as it is prepared. Do not leave leftovers out on the
counter or table after dinner. Cut the meat off the bones and put it in
shallow containers in the refrigerator.
all leftovers to 165°F. (Use your meat thermometer.) Gravy should be
brought to a rolling boil.
Follow these simple tips to help assure your family and guests a safe