Health Tip: Don't Let Holiday Turkey Make You
(HealthDay News) -- A case of food poisoning can ruin anyone's
holidays. So take care with your turkey to reduce your risk of
The American Dietetic Association offers these suggestions for
buying and cooking turkey:
- When buying the bird, make sure its packaging is well-sealed.
Make the turkey the last item added to your grocery cart, and bag
it separately from other groceries.
- Freeze the whole, uncooked turkey in its original
- Never thaw your turkey on the counter. Instead, defrost it in
the microwave, let it defrost slowly in the fridge, or let it
defrost in cold water.
- Wash hands carefully before and after handling the turkey.
- Use a meat thermometer, making sure the cooked turkey reaches
at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Measure the temperature at the
innermost portion of the turkey thigh.
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