Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Get out your cooking bowls and turkey fryers! Thanksgiving is here, and it’s time to throw the kitchen into chaos. Yet, that mad rush to get the turkey cooked and the potatoes mashed can cause quite a few safety hazards. So, slow down this year and keep these Thanksgiving Safety tips in mind when you prepare those yummy dishes. We want you to avoid a trip to the hospital so you can enjoy a beautiful meal with your loved ones.
Working in the Kitchen
- Keep an eye on every dish you make via stovetop or fryer. Never leave them unattended. Also check on your turkey frequently while it’s cooking. You want to be nearby if a fire starts.
- Watch your children carefully. Make sure they steer clear of the oven and stovetop while you cook, and keep them away from knives. Also, warn your kids about hot liquids that can cause serious burns.
- Keep the kitchen tidy. Clear the floor of all toys or other objects that may cause someone to trip, and roll up any electrical cords that might dangle within a child’s reach.
- Test your smoke alarm.
- Always remember to turn the oven off after your meal is done.
Preparing the Turkey
- Completely thaw your turkey before cooking. This often takes multiple days in the refrigerator.
- Before preparing food, wash your hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Don’t wash the turkey. Cooking it is the only way to kill harmful bacteria.
- Keep your raw meat separate from other dishes and ingredients at all times. Also, use different cutting boards, bowls, and utensils for handling raw meat to avoid cross-contamination.
- Use a food thermometer to make sure your turkey is cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the temperature in the thickest part of the breast, the inner thigh, and the inner wing.
Packing Up Leftovers
- Refrigerate your leftovers within two hours of baking to prevent bacteria growth.
- Separate the stuffing from the turkey before storing these dishes in the fridge.
- Store hot food in shallow containers so it quickly cools to safe temperatures in the refrigerator.
- Eat or freeze your leftovers within three or four days of your Thanksgiving meal.
From our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving!