Nov 18 2010
Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are preparing the turkey, stuffing and all the fixing for friends and family next week, The Garage Plan Shop wants to share these food safety tips with you, courtesy of Schnucks Supermarkets.
- If you plan to cook a frozen turkey, thaw your turkey in the refrigerator. Allow 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds of turkey.
- Cook your turkey thoroughly. The internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast and the innermost part of the thigh should reach at least 165 degrees F. (If you do not have a meat thermometer, you can purchase one at most grocery stores and department stores.)
- If you plan to cook your stuffing inside the turkey, follow these guidelines:
1. Prepare the stuffing separately, prior to filling the turkey.
2. Loosely fill the turkey cavity with stuffing.
3. Allow the temperature of the stuffing to reach at least 165 degrees F.
- Store leftovers in the airtight containers and place them in the refrigerator immediately. Use leftover turkey within four days. Reheat it to 165 degrees F.
Following these food safety tips will ensure your family and friends enjoy the delicious holiday meal you serve this Thanksgiving.
For more information about food safety, please visit Schnucks’ food safety information page.