Top 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

When you think of the word 'Thanksgiving,' the one thing that is most though about is... turkey! There are many factors to consider when cooking your Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it comes to cooking the turkey. Here are 10 tips to ensure your health and safety this Thanksgiving.

Tip #1: Thaw Your Turkey Safely

Here are some ways to thaw your turkey safely:

1. Refrigerate - Put your turkey in a container in the fridge to thaw.

2. Sink Thaw - Put he turkey in a leak-proof plastic bag in cold water, changing it every 30 minutes.

3. Microwave - Follow the microwave oven's manufacture's instructions.

Tip #2: Handle the Raw Poultry Properly

Raw meat contaminates anything it touches with harmful bacteria. You need to clean any surface or utensil it touches with soap and hot water.

Tip #3: Stay at Home/ In the Kitchen

Whenever there is any food in the oven, stay at home. Check it frequently and stay attentive for any funny smells that could indicate that something is burning. If you are cooking anything on the stove top, stay in the kitchen so you can observe if something is about to overflow.

Tip #4: Properly Cooked Food

Although this tip is a given, still remember to check to make sure all the raw food is cooked before serving it. There's nothing worse than getting sick on Thanksgiving. You sure won't be thankful for that. Although this tip is a given, still remember to check to make sure all the raw food is cooked before serving it. To figure out turkey roasting time, calculate 13 minutes per pound at 350°F for an unstuffed turkey which is about 12-14-pound bird. You may need to check the specific instructions on the label and make sure to use a turkey thermometer. There’s nothing worse than getting sick.

Tip #5: Place Pot Handles Inward

When cooking on you stove, make sure all pot and pan handles are facing inwards. If they are facing towards you, you risk the chance of accidentally bumping into them and having the hot contents of the pot going everywhere.

Tip #6: Knife Safety

Remember to keep any knives away from children. When you are done using your knife, place it beside your sink, not in it. When you go to reach for it, you could cut your hand on the blade.

Tip #7: Keep Young Children Out of the Kitchen

When preparing Thanksgiving dinner, there's a lot happening in the kitchen. Having younger children right in the middle of the action can cause someone to get hurt.

Tip #8: Dress Appropriately

Never wear loose fitting clothing when cooking. Long leaves, or any article of clothing that hangs down could ignite and catch fire from a gas flame or a hot burner. The same thing goes for long hair. If you have long har, pull it back with a hair tie and make sure it's secure.

Tip #9: Test Your Smoke Alarm

Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

Tip #10: Prepare for the Worst

Invest in a fire extinguisher and know how to use it.


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