Health department has food safety tips for turkey

Health department has food safety tips for turkey

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DORAL, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Frozen turkeys are piled up on a table to be given to people as they prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday on November 13, 2012 in Doral, Florida. The event was put on by the City of Sweetwater and the Miami Dade League of Cities to distribute 1000 turkeys and non-perishable items to four municipalities located throughout Miami-Dade County. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 1:01 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Thanksgiving is less than a week away, so it's a good time to remember food safety.

That's the message from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which has some tips for people planning to roast a turkey.

Fresh or frozen? If you choose fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days ahead, and be sure you have room in the refrigerator.

Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter. Allow about 24 hours per five pounds of turkey. A 15-pound turkey could take three full days to thaw in the refrigerator.

Calculate cooking time carefully and use a meat thermometer. Turkey is safe to eat when it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

More food safety tips are on the health department's website.
 

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