Turkey Safety Tips 

You want your Thanksgiving turkey to taste good, you want it to be safe too.Meghan Hayward today sought some expert advice on how to handle that turkey right.The first step to make sure you serve your family a safe turkey dinner seems obvious, but it’s one Kate Yerxa of the UMaine Cooperative Extension says can easily be forgotten, washing your hands.Other easy safety tips start when you buy the turkey.Yerxa says some of the biggest problems come from thawing a frozen turkey.”If you’re going to defrost in the refrigerator, the rule of thumb is you should take 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey.”But if you’re a little behind this holiday season and are just getting around to buying a large, frozen turkey, there is another method to make sure it’s defrosted in time.”Would be to defrost in cold water in the sink. And that rule of thumb is 30 minutes per pound of turkey and what you can do is submerge your turkey as long as the wrapping of the turkey is intact and there’s no holes or cuts.”Yerxa says you need to drain the water and refill it every 30 minutes.And, never defrost a turkey on the countertop at room temperature.”Turkeys are going to defrost from the outside in and as the outside starts to reach room temperature, that increases the risk for bacteria to grow.”So what about all the leftovers?Turkey can be stored for up to three days, but there are some steps you’ll want to follow.”You really don’t want your leftovers or perishable foods to sit out at room temperature for longer than two hours. So after your have served everyone their meal, the best thing to do is refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible.”But the most important tip Yerxa has to offer, don’t stress out over the preparing and cooking of the meal, and enjoy the tasty turkey you’ve cooked.