Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and it’s important to remember safety precautions for you and your family while preparing a large meal. Use these tips to avoid food borne illness:
- Use clean work surfaces, cook foods to the proper temperatures and keep raw meat away from other foods to prevent bacteria from getting into the food and causing illness. The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers advice on storing and preparing food for groups.
- Whether you’re using a fresh or frozen turkey, there are important guidelines to follow in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and while preparing the turkey. Keep a fresh turkey stored in your refrigerator until you’re ready to cook it and allow a few days for frozen turkeys to thaw safely in the fridge or in cool water.
- While cooking, remember the rest of your family around you. Make sure young children are out of the way of the oven and other hot cooking appliances. If you are cooking outdoors, monitor your food closely to prevent a fire.