Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather together and enjoy a delicious holiday feast. With the cold weather, a warm turkey and family visiting from out of town, Thanksgiving is a time for laughter and enjoyment, not a time for food poisoning, multiple trips to the restroom or a hospital visit.
This holiday season, while you’re busy joking around and preparing favorite Thanksgiving cuisines, you might fail to realize the hazards that come with picking out the perfect turkey or leaving your food unattended as you talk to your relatives.
Just two Thanksgivings ago, more than 36,000 people visited the emergency room for a variety of reasons ranging from food poisoning, third-degree burns and other freak accidents. To prevent yourself from harm and falling ill this Thanksgiving, keep these simple tips in mind to make sure you have a safe and healthy holiday.
Turkey Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
The turkey is the most important part of a Thanksgiving dinner. Make sure you keep these tips in mind to get a round of applause as opposed to rounds to the bathroom.
Buy your turkey carefully: Buy your turkey at least one to two days before you cook it. Keep it in the fridge or keep it in the freezer if you bought it earlier.
Defrost your turkey properly: Thaw your turkey in the fridge. Always remember that every 4 to 5 pounds needs one day to fully thaw out. You could also wrap your turkey in leak-proof packaging in cold water for 30 minutes a pound. Just make sure you replace the water after every 30 minutes.
Cook your turkey immediately after thawing: Make sure to cook the turkey thoroughly and consider cooking the stuffing separately.
Make sure your turkey is fully cooked: Use a thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh as well as the thickest portion of the breast to find out when your turkey is fully cooked.
Carving the turkey: Don’t carve the turkey all at once, allow the juices to settle about 20 minutes before you begin to cut it.
Keep everything clean: Make sure to wash your hands before and after you cook your food. Keep all the surfaces and utensils clean. And always remember to refrain from handling cooked and raw food together.
Make sure to store your leftovers to prevent food poisoning: Always remember to keep the hot foods away from the cold foods in order to prevent spoiling. Refrigerate leftovers no more than two hours after being served and eat your leftovers within three days, or otherwise move them to the freezer.
Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather and catch up with your closest loved ones. While the turkey can be enjoyed for many days after the Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to keep these tips in mind to prevent this holiday favorite from turning into a holiday disaster.