Let's Talk Turkey — How To Cook It And Stay Safe, That Is

Let’s Talk Turkey — How To Cook It And Stay Safe, That Is

As we get close to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Kane County Health Department is providing a few helpful tips to for preparing and cooking your turkey your holiday foods.

Sometimes, cooking the traditional turkey dinner gives rise to anxieties and questions. What kind of turkey should I buy? Should I buy a frozen turkey or a fresh one? How do I store my turkey?

A few simple steps will not only ease your holiday fears, but will ensure a delicious and a safe meal for you, your
family and your friends. The following information may help you prepare your special Thanksgiving meal and help
you countdown to the holiday.

Also, here’s a link to an Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District webpage that talks about the dangers of turkey fryers and how you can keep your family safe.

Countdown to the Holiday

Hotline Answers to Food Safety Questions

Turkey Basics: Safe Thawing

Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking

Turkey Basics: Stuffing

Turkey Basics: Handling Cooked Dinners

Alternate Ways to Cook Turkey

Roasting other Holiday Meats

Safety Guidelines for Restaurant Food / Doggie Bags

  • Refrigerate restaurant leftovers within two hours of eating the meal
  • Label and date restaurant food and eat with 3-4 days
  • Make sure your refrigerator maintains a temperature of 40°F or below.
  • Reheat restaurant leftovers to 165°F
  • Use a metal stem thermometer to ensure the food is reheated to the proper temperature.

SOURCE: Kane County Health Department website