Since Thanksgiving is almost here, most people are probably already purchasing their turkeys and storing them until the big dinner. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare a safe Thanksgiving Meal.
- Wash your hands before and after handling raw Turkey.
- Keep raw turkey wrapped and separate from other foods to eliminate the possibility of cross contamination.
- Don’t return cooked turkey, or any food, to a plate or container that held raw turkey.
- When finished preparing turkey, clean all working surfaces with a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. Leave solution on surfaces for 5 seconds before rinsing well with cold water.
- Cook turkey until juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a fork.
- Cook turkey at 325ºF until the internal temperature of the thigh shows 185ºF on a meat thermometer. The dark meat takes longer to cook than the white meat.
- Never leave cooked or raw turkey at room temperature for more than one hour. Refrigerate it promptly because bacteria that can make you sick grow quickly at room temperatures!
Note: These guidelines apply to all poultry products