Top Turkey Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning

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• Keep turkey in its original wrapping, refrigerated until ready to cook.

• Make sure the sell- by-date has not expired.

• Defrost a frozen turkey by refrigeration or a cold-water bath. Don’t defrost a turkey at room temperature. Bacteria can multiply on outer layers before inner layers have defrosted

• Allow one day for every 5 lbs. in the refrigerator. In a cold water bath, change the water every 30 minutes. A 20 lb. turkey will take 12 hours to defrost in cold water.

• Don’t leave an uncooked thawed turkey out of the refrigerator longer than 2 hours

• Use a meat thermometer to check if the turkey is done. The turkey should cook until the internal temperature reaches 180-185 degrees. Pierce the turkey in the thickest area of the thigh, making sure the juices run clear not pink.

• Keep turkey in its original wrapping, refrigerated until ready to cook.

• Make sure the sell- by-date has not expired.

• Defrost a frozen turkey by refrigeration or a cold-water bath. Don’t defrost a turkey at room temperature. Bacteria can multiply on outer layers before inner layers have defrosted

• Allow one day for every 5 lbs. in the refrigerator. In a cold water bath, change the water every 30 minutes. A 20 lb. turkey will take 12 hours to defrost in cold water.

• Don’t leave an uncooked thawed turkey out of the refrigerator longer than 2 hours

• Use a meat thermometer to check if the turkey is done. The turkey should cook until the internal temperature reaches 180-185 degrees. Pierce the turkey in the thickest area of the thigh, making sure the juices run clear not pink.

• Remove the stuffing immediately after the turkey is cooked. Don’t stuff the bird the night before cooking.

• Don’t leave leftovers out on the counter longer than 3 hours.

• Store the turkey and stuffing separately. Don’t store leftover stuffing in the bird.

• Store leftover turkey in the refrigerator and use within 3-4 days. Store leftover stuffing and gravy in the refrigerator and use within 1-2 days.

•Don’t re-freeze a thawed uncooked turkey.

Important phone numbers

Butterball Turkey Hotline: 1-800- 323-4848

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-800-535-4555