The holiday meal and its preparation is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving celebration. To keep your friends and family safe from food poisoning there are certain steps that everyone should know:
• All kitchen helpers should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
• Keep turkey in its original wrapping, refrigerated until ready to cook. Don’t defrost a turkey at room temperature.
• Cook the turkey at 325°F or higher, and use a meat thermometer until the internal temperature reaches 165° F.
• Store leftover turkey in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days.
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