Last updated: Mar 02, 2016

These tips will help you get through Turkey Day without a case of food poisoning.



  • Defrost turkey in the fridge.


  • Wash anything touched by raw meat with hot soapy water.


  • Use separate cutting boards, one for raw meat and one for produce.


  • Use a paper towel to turn on faucet after handling meat.


  • Wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after handling food.


  • Bake stuffing in a separate pan rather than inside the bird.


  • Rinse fruits and veggies—even the ones you plan to peel—under running water.


  • Use a meat thermometer to check that meat is cooked to at least 165 degrees.


  • Dont let food sit out for more than two hours.


  • Use leftovers within three days of cooking.


  • Zap germs by microwaving a wet (nonsoapy) sponge for two minutes.