If you are preparing Thanksgiving Dinner and are not quite the cook, you may want to review some basic food safety beforehand! Instead of getting your family and visitors ill over Thanksgiving, food safety tips can ensure that everyone enjoys the dinner without any gastrointestinal interruptions!
Prepare your turkey properly with these tips:
- Don’t rinse your turkey: Rinsing your turkey under water is ineffective in removing bacteria and spreads bacteria around your kitchen. In short: don’t do it!
- Thaw properly: Defrost your turkey in the refrigerator or in a pan of cold water. Start at least 24 hours before you plan to start cooking.
- Avoid cross-contamination: Wash your hands often when handling raw poultry, use a separate cutting board and knife for trimming the turkey, and regularly clean kitchen countertops that the turkey has been resting on.
- Bake the bird: The bigger the turkey, the longer it’ll need to cook. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.
- Stuffing safety: If you’re stuffing the bird, combine the ingredients and stuff before putting it in the oven. Aim for about ¾ cups of stuffing per pound of turkey! This, too, needs to be cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees F.
- Store safely: Wait until leftovers have cooled completely before moving them into the fridge.
Bon Appétit! Implementing these steps will secure the safety of your guests and will provide a well-cooked, crowd-pleasing turkey! To enhance the safety of your home before the big day, contact SBR Roofing for all of your roofing concerns and troubles. Our expert team can provide you with the commercial and residential roofing that you need in Los Angeles, California.