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Let’s Talk Turkey

What’s the first word that comes to your mind when you think of Thanksgiving? If it’s “turkey”, you’re in good company. Following are a few tips to make sure your “turkey day” leaves everyone feeling well after the meal:
* If you buy a whole turkey, allow for about 1 pound per person. This will make sure you have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches.
* It takes 1 day for every 5 pounds of turkey to thaw in the refrigerator.
* The lowest oven temperature you should use to cook a turkey is 325 degrees F. Cooking at a lower temperature allows the turkey to stay in the temperature danger zone for a longer time and could result in a foodborne illness.
* Consider not stuffing your turkey. Unstuffed turkey cooks faster and may be safer. When you cook the stuffing in a separate dish, you also can better control the fat and calories that are absorbed into the stuffing!
* Check the temperature of your cooked turkey in several spots. One good spot is right between the leg and the breast. That way you’re measuring the temperature of the meat and not the space inside the turkey.
* Make sure your turkey is cooked to at least 165 degrees!!! If you do stuff the turkey, check it’s temperature and make sure it reaches 165 degrees as well.
Following these few simple steps can help make sure your family and friends leave the table stuffed and sleepy – not queasy.20_holiday

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