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Prepare your turkey properly

Oct 04, 2016
SIMCOE MUSKOKA — Make sure you and your guests remember the Thanksgiving turkey dinner for all the right reasons by preparing the bird properly.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA — Make sure you and your guests remember the Thanksgiving turkey dinner for all the right reasons by preparing the bird properly.

Proper food preparation and cooking for a large group is important to avoid foodborne illness. Make “cook, clean, chill and separate” a part of your kitchen rules when you prep your turkey by following these tips:

  • Make your fresh turkey the last item you pick up while shopping and use a separate bag for the bird to catch any leaking juices that could contaminate other groceries and surfaces. Refrigerate it as soon as you can.
  • If you buy a frozen turkey make sure to thaw it in the fridge, microwave or under cold running water. Do not thaw a frozen poultry at room temperature - it allows harmful bacterial to multiply. 
  • Before and after handling the turkey wash your hands in warm water with liquid soap. Wash and sanitize all utensils, wiping cloths, countertops and cutting boards.
  • Cook turkey to at least 82 C (180 F).
  • When carving your turkey use a clean plate and utensils. Do not re-use utensils that have touched raw turkey unless they have been washed with hot, soapy water, and sanitized.
  • Leftovers should be refrigerated promptly. Your refrigerator should be 4 C (40 F) or colder so that bacteria cannot multiply. 

For more tips on preparing your turkey properly, call Health Connection Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or see www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

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