Turkey Day Safety Tips from the Red Cross

Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with family and friends while feasting on our favorite foods, and of course, what would Thanksgiving be without a turkey? Since this holiday is all about cooking and preparing our favorite heart-warming foods, let’s make sure our loved ones enjoy this holiday safely by following these safety tips for preparing the main meal of the occasion: they turkey.

From Red Cross, we hope you all have a safe and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oven Safety

We all know that preparing turkey can be a tedious process. So while waiting for the turkey to cook, sometimes the oven is left unattended so people can interact with family members and friends, but this can lead to a dangerous disaster. According to US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are three times as many house fires on Thanksgiving than any day of the year. Don’t leave any type of food unattended on the stove or in the oven; always make sure that there is someone present in the kitchen.

Safe Preparation

Bacteria present on raw poultry can contaminate your hands, utensils, and work surfaces as you prepare the turkey. If these areas are not cleaned thoroughly before working with other foods, bacteria from the raw poultry can then be transferred to other foods. After working with raw poultry, always wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces before they touch other foods.

Safe Cooking

Set the oven temperature no lower than 325°F and be sure the turkey is completely thawed. Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2-1/2 inches deep. Check the internal temperature at the center of the stuffing and meaty portion of the breast, thigh, and wing joint using a food thermometer. Cooking times will vary. The food thermometer must reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F. Let the turkey stand 20 minutes before removing all stuffing from the cavity and carving the meat. For more information on safe internal temperatures, visit FoodSafety.gov’s Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures.

For more information, visit:  http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/American-Red-Cross-Offers-Thanksgiving-Safety-Tips.



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