Keeping the Turkey Tasty, and Safe This Thanksgiving

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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While preparing your feasts for Thanksgiving, there are some simple steps you need to take to make sure the food is not only tasty, but safe to eat.

Once the turkey is in the oven, it needs to be cooked until it is 165 degrees to destroy any bacteria and prevent foodbourne illnesses. An environmental health specialist at the Wood County Heath Department says you should test the bird's temperature yourself.

"I would not trust the plastic pop timers," said Greg Kolodziej, "I would rather take my own temperature. Taking the temperature along the bone, you have the potential for taking either a artificially high temperature or an artificially low temperature."

The best place to check the temperature of the bird is in the thigh and breast.

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