Thanksgiving is a time to share good food with friends and family. Here are some tips to make it a safe and healthy day:

  • Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator or microwave. It can take 2 to 5 days to thaw a 20 pound turkey in the refrigerator.turkey-dinner
  • Do not wash the turkey. This can spread bacteria in your kitchen.
  • Cook the turkey until it reaches 165 degrees on a food thermometer.
  • Keep raw turkey away from other food.
  • Use different cutting boards for each food.
  • Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before touching food.
  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.
  • Do not store stuffing in the turkey.
  • Do not eat leftover food that is more than 3 days old.

For more information go to foodsafety.gov. Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness tips and information.

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