10 Tips to Avoid Turkey Day Disasters
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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