Home cooks should follow safety guidelines when preparing and cooking turkey.
Photo: Rachel Murray
Photo: Rachel Murray

10 tips to stay well and safe on Thanksgiving 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many home cooks will be preparing and serving turkey. Like other poultry, turkey can contain a harmful bacteria called Salmonella, which can cause food poisoning.

But turkey isn’t the only thing to focus on. Other foods, kitchen preparation and cooking methods can pose problems as well.

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Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County has shared its Top 10 Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips to ensure you have a happy and safe holiday:

10. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds.

9. Use separate cutting boards and utensils when handling raw turkey.

8. Wash surfaces with warm soap and water.

7. Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator. (A 15-pound turkey can take 3 to 4 full days to thaw.)

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6. Keep turkey fryer outside and safe from children and structures.

5. Use a food thermometer and cook turkey to 165 degrees.

4. Keep hot foods hot (over 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and cold foods cold (under 40 degrees Fahrenheit).

3. Don’t leave foods out for more than 2 hours.

2. Leftovers are safe for up to 4 days if refrigerated.

1. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.