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Turkey Basics: Make Sure Your Thanksgiving Feast Is Safe

Monday, 25 Nov 2013 12:48 PM

Eating a bad Thanksgiving bird can ruin your holiday in a hurry.

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The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service suggests how to ensure that your turkey is properly cooked and prepared:
·         Take in account factors that influence how long your turkey will take to cook, from its size to its storage temperature.
·         Completely thaw the turkey before cooking.
·         Roast it at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
·         Use a roasting pan of 2 inches to 2.5 inches deep.
·         If you stuff the turkey, make sure stuffing is loosely packed inside.
·         Check the temperature of both the stuffing and the turkey with a food thermometer; temperature should be at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
·         Make sure the turkey cooks long enough, and allow 20 minutes before carving.

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