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10 Tips to Avoid Turkey Day Disasters

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Bacterial Basting


Raw poultry is a germ playground. Protect your family from harmful bacteria this holiday season.

  • Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator or in cold water -- not at room temperature. Make sure to thaw it on a tray so it doesn't drip onto other food.
  • Wooden cutting boards can soak up bacteria, so use a plastic board if you have one.
  • Stuff your turkey immediately before roasting.
  • It's safest to use a meat thermometer to ensure the bird cooks to a high enough temperature to kill bacteria.
  • Store leftovers separately from each other -- not everything in one big bowl.
  • Wash, wash, wash! Clean your hands thoroughly and often, as well as all utensils and cutting surfaces that have been in contact with your bird.

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