Thanksgiving Food Preparation Safety Tips
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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(UNDATED) – Making sure you have everything for Thanksgiving is half the battle.

Most importantly is making sure the food is prepared properly, and it all starts with the turkey.

The first step is to be sure the turkey is thawed out before you start cooking it. Joe Frazier, the Environmental Health Supervisor for the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency says thawing the turkey starts a few days before Thanksgiving. ...... {LISTEN}.

The rule of thumb for thawing a turkey in the refrigerator is to allow approximately 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds of bird weight.

Another way to thaw a turkey is to submerge is in cold water in a deep sink or tub, and change the water every 30 minutes.

When it comes to cooking your turkey, Frazier says you need to check the meat temperature to make sure it’s done. ...... {LISTEN}.

After you’re done eating, Frazier says you should refrigerate leftovers within two hours. Those leftovers are safe in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. Freezing leftovers can keep them good for 2 to 6 months.


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