Keep Your Thanksgiving Dinner Safe

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Keep Your Thanksgiving Dinner Safe 

Keeping your turkey safe to eat is a big deal. No-one wants a houseful of guests who are groaning and holding their stomachs on the big day. It’s really not good for family relationships.

Keep Your Thanksgiving Dinner Safe


Wild Turkey stopping by to say Hello in my backyard.

 This may be a little late but for those of you who still have a frozen turkey, here's how to do it.

How you defrost the turkey is very important; you can’t take it out the night before and leave it sit on the counter overnight. If you plan to cook it on Thanksgiving and it weighs between 7 to 10 pounds: take it out of the freezer 2 to 3 days ahead, place on a plate or tray (to catch juices that seep out of the wrapping), and put in the refrigerator.  10-18 pounds need 3-4 days; 18-22 4-5 days. 

Be sure you do not drop anything in the juices or splash them on any other foods.

Or, if things get really crazy, you can use the quick thaw method: (my mom used to do this). Partially fill the sink with cold water (after cleaning the sink thoroughly in case your wrapping has a pinhole). Place the turkey breast down. The turkey will float but just go about your other business–it doesn’t need full submergence. Be sure to change the water every 30 minutes (according to the Dept. of Agriculture). Cook your turkey immediately after it is thawed-do not refreeze it.

Microwave Defrosting means you need to make sure the turkey will fit iKeep Your Thanksgiving Dinner Safen your microwave oven. Remove all outside wrapping, place in a microwavable pan or dish, turn off the rotator if you have one, Cook turkey immediately after defrosting–do not refreeze.
Stuffing can be a point of contention. Most advice against cooking the stuffing inside the bird because of contamination. Stuffing needs to be cooked to a higher temperature. I haven’t cooked it inside the bird for years and the stuffing is just as good or better.

Cook the turkey to a minimum internal temperature of 165º. Check the temperature with an instant read thermometer. Those little pop-up things are not always reliable.

To read what the Dept. of Agriculture has to say about a safe Thanksgiving, click here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Toni Weidman
Florida Luxury Realty
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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Hello Toni Weidman  Just stopped by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 26, 2015 12:54 AM #1
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

That's funny that you have wild turkeys running by.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2015 01:08 AM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Toni, saw some wild turkeys in Parker recently and thought of you.   Hope you and your family enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 26, 2015 02:38 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Toni- whew!  I'm glad our friend is doing the turkey!!!   You're right, though, you do have to play it safe with defrosting a turkey!   Happy Thaksgiving. 

Nov 26, 2015 03:17 AM #4
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Great tips Toni, here is wishing your a Happy Safe Thanksgiving Holiday.

Nov 26, 2015 05:48 AM #5
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Toni Weidman 

These are great tips and we do the 2-3 day refrigerator method. I remember for years people would just put their turkey on the counter the night before but it is not safe anymore?? Love your turkey photo!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have a happy and safe holiday season!

Nov 26, 2015 06:10 AM #6
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Good tips for thawing and preparing for the big turkey day.  HOpe you had a fantastic holiday!

Nov 26, 2015 07:23 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Definitely great advice, as nobody enjoys being sick from bad food.  I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyed my friend!

Nov 27, 2015 05:04 AM #8
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have a wandering hoard of Wild Turkeys that live along the American River Parkway near my home.  While riding my bike a couple days ago, I couldn't help but think they were clueless about the impending doom of so many of their kind!

Nov 27, 2015 12:11 PM #9
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