Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you are going to be the chef in the kitchen then you need to know that preparing a Thanksgiving turkey isn’t as easy as pulling a turkey out of the freezer and cooking it in the oven for a few hours. We have comprised a list of the four major safety factors that come into play when preparing your holiday bird:
Turkey Tip #1: Thaw safely. Yes, there are safety regulations for thawing a turkey before cooking. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), turkeys begin to grow bacteria that cause food poisoning between 40 degrees and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. So, you need to defrost your turkey in the refrigerator over several days, in a tub of consistently cold water, or in the microwave.
Turkey Tip #2: Keep your cooking area clean. Raw meats are covered in bacteria that can be spread to other foods and surfaces quite easily in the kitchen. Once you are finished with prepping your turkey, thoroughly clean your surfaces, utensils, and hands, and change your apron before moving on to other dishes.
Turkey Tip #3: Stuffing is best prepared outside of your turkey. Then, you can add it to the turkey once it has finished cooking. Double check the temperature is a hot 165 degrees in the middle of the stuffing.
Turkey Tip #4: Safety should be your number one priority. Don’t start cooking your turkey until it is completely thawed. You should roast your bird at no less than 325 degrees and never eat or serve a turkey that doesn’t have an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Remember, as the Thanksgiving dinner host, it is up to you to prepare a tasty meal and keep everyone safe! If someone is injured at your Thanksgiving dinner, our Pasco County Injury Attorneys at Whittel & Melton will be around 24/7 to assist you. Call us at 727-847-2299 or contact us online for a free consultation.
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!