First Med Urgent Care: Helping you prepare for family
It’s that time of year again when family and friends will be joining around a large table to feast on some tasty treats. While it is the main goal for everyone here at First Med Urgent Care and all of you out there to enjoy this time, we should all also be mindful of Thanksgiving turkey safety tips. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collaborated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to determine the standard safety measures for Thanksgiving meals. According to the CDC the turkey basics include: thawing safely, preparing, stuffing and cooking the turkey. We’ve taken some of this basic information to provide you an easy to understand list here:
Thawing: For best practice, always have a food thermometer ready to use! Do not allow your turkey to reach between 40 and 140°F as this is the temperature range that enables foodborne bacteria.
Preparing: Thoroughly wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces as you prepare the turkey to avoid spreading bacteria and food contamination.
Stuffing: To be safest, cook the stuffing outside the turkey in a casserole dish. For a stuffed turkey make certain to stuff the raw turkey and use a food thermometer! The center of the stuffing should be at least 165°F.
Cooking: Thoroughly follow all cooking instructions. Check the temperature of the center which should reach a minimum of 165°F. Let the turkey stand 20 minutes before removing all stuffing from the cavity and carving the meat
First Med Urgent Care staff hope that these four main turkey cooking safety tips will get you headed in the right direction so that you may prepare a safe, delicious meals for your family this Thanksgiving! We hope that you won’t have a reason to visit an urgent care after such a wonderful holiday. So, be careful out there.
On behalf of First Med Urgent Care, Happy Thanksgiving!!