Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing our families, friends and clients a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Here are some safety tips for preparing your Thanksgiving meal:

  • Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food and after handling any raw poultry or meat before eating.
  • Keep your food preparation surfaces and utensils clean and sanitized to reduce the risk of salmonella poisoning.
  • Use separate cutting boards – one for meat, poultry and fish and one for cooked foods, vegetables and fruits. Sanitize the cutting board after each use.
  • Wash all vegetables before you prepare them.
  • Thaw a frozen turkey safely in the refrigerator, allowing 3-4 days for thawing or approximately one day for every five pounds.
  • Refrigerate a thawed or fresh turkey no longer than two days before cooking.
  • Immediately cook a small turkey that is defrosted in the microwave.
  • If you cook your stuffing inside the turkey, stuff it just before roasting.
  • Always use a meat thermometer to see if the turkey is completely cooked. The temperature needs to reach 180 degrees F when inserted into the thickest area of the thigh.
  • Refrigerate all leftovers within two hours after cooking.
  • Leftovers should be eaten within 3-4 days. Freezing leftovers should be done immediately, not after they have been refrigerated for several days.

Happy Thanksgiving!