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The holiday season is quickly approaching and many are beginning to prepare. When doing so, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you and your family healthy this season!
1. Keep the turkey on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator. This will keep it from dripping onto other foods.
2. If your turkey is frozen, here are some safe methods for thawing:
a. Under Cold, Running Water. Thawing turkey in stagnant water allows for the growth of bacteria; keep the water running so bacteria and debris will wash away. Allow approximately 30 minutes per pound. b. In the Refrigerator. You may have to plan ahead, but this method will keep harmful bacteria from growing on your turkey. Allow approximately 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds. c. In the Microwave. In a pinch, the microwave is a quick way to thaw your turkey. Be aware that this will start the cooking process, and prepare to cook it immediately afterward. Consult the owner's manual for allowable turkey size and further instruction. d. Cook it. Turkeys can also be cooked from a frozen state, but it will take about 50% longer.
3. Use a food thermometer to make sure your turkey is cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165F. Take temperatures in several locations to check for even cooking.
4. Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water when working with food, especially raw meats.
5. Turkey and food prep areas can be sanitized with a light bleach solution of about one capful unscented bleach per gallon of water. This will prevent future bacterial growth.
6. Cool foods in small, shallow batches, lightly covered and preferably in metal containers. A stock pot full of hot food will not cool very quickly, especially if its cover keeps the steam from escaping. The faster food cools, the fewer bacteria will grow in them.
Have a safe and happy holiday season, and keep these tips in mind when preparing meals for friends and family!
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