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Thanksgiving Turkey Safety Tips

How to shop for the Right Turkey – Cost Size and Temperature

* When buying a whole turkey, turkey parts, or any type of turkey product, it is important to read the label to ensure that you are selecting a product that fits your requirements.

* Whole turkeys sold in food stores are inspected by the USDA, so you can be sure that the turkeys are safe and of good quality. Look for the USDA stamp on the label.

* Some turkeys are sold with pop-up timers that are used to indicate when the turkey is fully cooked. A stem in the center of the device pops up when the internal temperature of the turkey reaches the proper level.

* If you are planning to buy a fresh turkey, it is best to purchase it no more than 1 or 2 days before you plan to roast it so that it will retain the freshness and quality.

 

Contamination Prevention and Cooking Safety

* From the time you take the turkey out of the oven, you have 2 hours to serve it, eat it, and then refrigerate or freeze the leftovers - the turkey, stuffing and gravy.

* Store leftovers properly to prevent bacterial growth.

* Leftover turkey will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days

* For longer storage, package turkey in freezer paper

or heavy-duty aluminum foils and freezes them.

* Foods frozen longer than recommended remain safe

but may become dry and lose flavor.

* Now one good tip that a coworker gave Ursula is to invest in some small container the sectional ones for guest.

* It can be fried, roasted, Rotisserie Turkey, stuffed,

unstuffed and grilled

* Rinsing poultry before cooking is unnecessary, since bacteria are destroyed during cooking. If you prefer to rinse poultry, use cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Try not to splash.

* Wash your cutting boards, knives, plates, utensils, countertops and any other surfaces with warm, soapy water after they come into contact with uncooked poultry because bacteria can linger.

 

Proper Storage Tips

* Leftover turkey will keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days

* For longer storage, package turkey in freezer paper

or heavy-duty aluminum foils and freezes them.

* Foods frozen longer than recommended remain safe but may become dry and lose flavor.

* Now one good tip that a coworker gave Ursula is to invest in some small container the sectional ones for guest.

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