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Safe Celebrations with Food Safety

by: Staci Jones-MS, RD, LD       

It’s officially that food and celebration time of year. People often ask me, what are the most important things to keep in mind when trying to keep food safe this time of year? I have come up with a list of things to keep in mind.
1.   Have a plan. Consider refrigerator, freezer and oven space. Keep hot foods at 140° or higher and cold foods at 40° or below. If you need to use coolers, have plenty of ice and check to make sure the ice hasn’t melted.
2.   Cook to proper temperature and use a thermometer. Turkeys, stuffing, and side dishes should  be cooked to at least 165° and kept above 140° during serving to be sure that any bacteria is destroyed.
 3.  Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of preparation
4.   Properly defrost your turkey. If you choose a frozen turkey, allow 24 hours per 5 pounds to [ ]

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