Food safety on Thanksgiving eve

Published: Nov. 23, 2016 at 4:43 PM CST
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If you have waited this long to thaw your frozen turkey, or if you just bought it, your only choice is to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. On Thanksgiving morning you have to start giving it cold water baths.

Keep the turkey wrapped in plastic and soak in cold water for 30 minutes per pound.

The experts at butterball advise:

· Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to cover your turkey completely.

· Change water every 30 minutes to keep the turkey chilled.

· Estimate a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb. So for a 20 pound turkey, that would be 10 hours!

Cook your turkey to a safe 165 degrees internal temperature.

Regarding left-overs, do not leave them out during the football game. Cover and refrigerate after your meal. Freeze or throw out after four days.

Cooking fires and food poisoning are your two big health risks on Thanksgiving. Be safe and have an enjoyable holiday!