Food Safety Experts Share The Biggest Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes
Not washing your hands before and numerous times while preparing your bird.
Thawing your turkey anywhere but in the refrigerator. Bacteria and pathogens grow alarmingly at room temperature, so let your fridge slowly thaw your bird.
Allowing turkey juices to drip into your fridge. Avoid cross-contamination by setting your bird in a pan first.
Washing your turkey, which can also lead to cross-contamination.
Stuffing the bird. It’s safer to cook your stuffing outside of the turkey.
Cooking a frozen turkey. By the time it reaches a safe temperature, it’s overcooked.
Not using a meat thermometer.
The last thing you want to do is put anyone at risk of getting a foodborne illness, but it happens.
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