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Last minute Thanksgiving safety tips

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Heath experts have some last-minute safety tips for all those cooking a Thanksgiving dinner.

  • They say to not wash your turkey before you cook it.  That can actually spread bacteria into the rest of the kitchen.
  • It is okay to cook stuffing inside the turkey, but it's safest to cook it separately.
  • Be careful not to cross-contaminate.  Washing cutting boards and knives inbetween each different food, even vegetables.

Food Safety Specialist Londa Knwadike says it's important to think of the temperature when you're cooking, and when the eating is over.

"For leftovers, it's really good to use a shallow container because it will chill faster.  And you want to try to get things into the refridgerator within two hours of cooking because you want to try to keep things outside of the tempature danger zone as much as possible."

That temperature danger zone is considered from 40-degrees to 150 degrees.

Londa says to make sure everything from the turkey to the pie reaches 165 degrees to kill off all the bacteria.

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