Keep your Thanksgiving turkey poison safe with these steps:

Thaw it safely

  • In the fridge – The safest thawing option is in your refrigerator, but keep in mind this will take several days. Estimate 24 hours per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey.
  • In cold water – If you don’t have time to thaw it in the fridge, you can place your turkey cold water, changing out the water every 30 minutes. This method will still take up to 12 hours.
  • In the microwave – If your turkey is small enough to fit in the microwave, this is a safe option.

Don’t wash it

It might seem like a good idea, but when you rinse your turkey bacteria in the raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces

Use a thermometer

The only way to be sure your turkey has been safely cooked is to make sure all parts of it have reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Store it safely

Refrigerate all your leftovers within two hours. Turkey and stuffing should be used or frozen within 3-4 days.