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Video:Safety Tips for Roasting a Whole Turkey

with Cathy Straub

Roasting a whole turkey can be a challenge. So make sure you're prepared to cook the Thanksgiving feast with help from these tips for safely roasting a whole turkey.See Transcript

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Transcript:Safety Tips for Roasting a Whole Turkey

Hi! I'm Cathy Straub for About.com, and today i'd like to go over with you some safety rules for roasting your turkey.

Wash Up After Handling Raw Turkey

Be sure that you clean all surfaces that have come in contact with any raw meat with a bleach solution in order to prevent spreading bacteria to other foods. Also be sure that your hands are washed with warm water and soap after every time you handle the raw turkey.

Safely Transport the Turkey

When putting the turkey in and out of the oven, be aware of where your oven door is and be sure your using hot mitts to protect your hands. If the bird is very heavy be sure you have someone around to provide some assistance for you in getting the turkey into and out of the oven.

Cook Turkey Thoroughly

It's extremely important that your turkey is thoroughly cooked and you must insure that it has reached an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees. If you are using the juices from your turkey to make gravy, be sure to bring those juices to a boil before thickening.

After enjoying your turkey, be sure that you do refrigerate your leftovers within two hours of serving time. Thanks for watching, and please visit food.about.com for more tips and information.

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