Turkey Cooking Facts & Safety


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, everyone will want to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner safely with your family and friends. You need to make sure that you thaw the turkey correctly, cook the turkey to the proper temperature and then store your leftovers correctly to ensure everyone goes home full and that they do not end up in the hospital.

Follow these guidelines provided by the USDA website: https://www.fsis.usda.gov






Categories: Cooking Tips, Turkey


  1. I had to take a Food Safe course when I became a cook and cringed at how many mistakes I’d made over the years for thawing and storing meat. It would be smart to give everyone these courses- kind of like learning to drive!

  2. This is helpful, though I can say that I will likely never cook a turkey – we used to just get a turkey or chicken breast and now I do my “one pot wonder” — all the traditional fixin’s for Thanksgiving and cooked in one pot (green bean casserole items in a pot and chicken pieces thrown in). 🙂

  3. I’m surprised I haven’t killed myself or others with the way that I have carelessly dealt with Thanksgiving turkeys. I could tell you horrible stories about improper thawing, cooking turkeys that were rock-solid frozen, etc. I’m a real mess. Somebody must be looking out for me!

    • I am so glad Matt! Food safety is huge in my book as my husband is a retired health inspector. The things he saw in restaurant kitchens were nasty!!!! I have had food poisoning once from a restaurant and I never want it again!

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