Duck, turkey and chicken are habitual Thanksgiving dinners. But be cautious, if poultry isn’t prepared, cooked and stored properly, there is a danger that the poultry may well become contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella, enhancing your liklihood of getting food poisoning.
• Before and after touching uncooked poultry wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water
• After handling uncooked poultry, scrub and bleach the surfaces, sink and kitchen utensils
2. Preserving and Thawing
• Immediately after buying, refrigerate or freeze your poultry in an airtight container
• When defrosting your poultry place it in cold water or in the refrigerator, not at room temperature
• If defrosting your poultry in cold water, keep it in its original packaging and regularly change the cold water to make sure it stays cold
• Don’t wash raw poultry in advance of cooking it as bacteria can be spread from water splashes, increasing the threat of getting food poisoning
• To kill harmful bacteria, it is recommended that you heat your poultry and stuffing to a bare minimum of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). With the use of an internal meat thermometer, place the probe into the thickest section of the breast or thigh to determine the internal temperature
4. Storing and Re-heating
• Chill surplus poultry once it has cooled down, but no longer than two hours after cooking as bacteria develops fast on food that is left at room temperature
• If you elect to heat up your remaining poultry and potatoes, with the use of your meat thermometer, reheat them to a minimum of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) or higher until they are steaming right through. It is also better to reheat gravy to a full boil
With the joy of Thanksgiving, it’s understandable for one to get wound up in the celebrations and transfer focus away from cooking food and rather to the festivities. But, to protect the safety of you and your family, it’s highly recommended that the points above are adhered to.
In terms of the type of wireless meat thermometer you use to measure the internal temperature of your meat, you should contemplate one that gives an instant temperature reading and offers a precise measurement. What’s more, it’s also very worthwhile to have a digital cooking thermometer that is trouble-free to operate – in particular a large LCD screen to read the numbers without trouble and large buttons for efficiency.
Having the information and the proper equipment to cook to safe temperatures enables you to be confident that your family’s wellbeing is looked after – giving you the freedom to focus on the wonderful occasion that Thanksgiving is.