Thanksgiving Meal Preparation Precautions

It’s officially turkey day as Thanksgiving is celebrated across the country today. But there are several simple safety precautions to remember as you prepare for any kind of feast.
With Thanksgiving meals usually being one of the largest meals we make each year – there is always concern about the spread of bacteria – like Salmonella – from the raw turkey.
Fond du Lac County Health Officer Kim Mueller reminds everyone to thoroughly wash your hands after handling the raw turkey, and to use a food thermometer to make sure it’s cooked to 165 degrees. She adds that if you stuff the turkey, to make sure the stuffing inside also reaches that temperature.
Mueller also says to minimize the amount of surfaces touched by the raw turkey or hands that have handled the turkey because bacteria can spread very quickly.
When it comes to how much you eat – Mueller says over-eating at any time can make you lethargic and tired.