Thanksgiving Cooking Safety
Thanksgiving is a day that most people get excited about – family, good food, and generally an excuse to be a bit lazy after the big meal. However, the preparation for a Thanksgiving meal can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken.
Therefore, we’ve put together some cooking safety tips for you to follow to stay safe as you get ready for Thanksgiving!
- Always stay in the kitchen if you are cooking on the stove
- Set a timer to help you remember what time food should be done
- Turn handles inward so they do not face outward when you are cooking on the stove; handles hanging over the edge can be reached by little hands or easily knocked over by someone walking by
- Test your smoke alarms before beginning to cook to make sure they are working properly
- It’s best to stay at home while your turkey is cooking; you want to check on it often
- It is best to institute a 3 foot rule for kids in the kitchen – have them stay three feet back from the stove to help eliminate the possibility of burns or other injuries
- You want to keep your floor clear so you aren’t tripping over anything
- Turkey is safe to eat once the internal temperature is at 165 degrees F; this temperature leaves meat with some pink, so others prefer to cook the turkey to a higher temperature instead
- You want to thaw your turkey in the fridge, in cold water, or in a microwave oven; these are the safest methods
Use these tips to stay safest while you prepare and cook for Thanksgiving. After cooking is done, the only thing left is to enjoy and relax.
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