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5 cooking tips that could help avoid making your family sick this Thanksgiving


If you’re preparing a Thanksgiving fest this Thursday, here are some tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to avoid food illness this holiday season.

  1. Don’t wash your turkey before serving. Experts have found that washing your poultry doesn’t help very much, and means spreading bacteria around the sink.
  2. Defrost safely. USDA recommends only three defrosting methods: in refrigerator, in bucket of cold water and in microwave.
  3. Check meat thermometer. Poke the inner thigh, the wing and thickest part of the breast. If those three areas are over 165 degrees, then it’s time to eat.
  4. Don’t leave food outside. Doesn’t it makes sense to stash some leftovers or other foods you plan to eat in refrigerate or freeze outside? No
  5. Leftovers are good up to four days. Carved turkey is freezable and can last up to four months in some freezing conditions.

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