Let’s Talk Turkey!

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We could say that having turkey for the holidays is a tradition in our country. So, let’s make it the safest day of all!

Here are some recommendations on how to handle the big ole bird. Enjoy your meal!

  1. Wash your hands before and after handling, preparing or cooking any food. This way you can prevent the spread of bacteria better.
  2. Don’t wash the bird! This will not clean it, eliminate bacteria, or do anything but contaminate your kitchen counter and your turkey. The only thing that will kill any germs in your turkey will be cooking it at the correct temperature, 165º Fahrenheit.
  3. Separate your raw turkey from any other raw foods by using a separate cutting board for the meat. This will prevent cross-contamination of other food items.
  4. Refrigerate promptly! Refrigerate any leftovers within 2 hours of being cooked to prevent the rapid growth of bacteria. You can eat turkey leftovers up to 4 days after cooked.

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Photo of Ivelisse Colon DiazIvelisse Colon DiazExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences (919) 245-2055 ivelisse_colon@ncsu.eduOrange County, North Carolina
Posted on Nov 22, 2017
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