Keep Black Friday for Shopping by Handling Thanksgiving Leftovers Safely

No one wants to have to have holiday time with family and friends overshadowed by a foodborne illness, especially after the Thanksgiving day feast. There are some easy steps to keeping the ‘happy’ in holidays. Keep food out of the Danger Zone: Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40°F and 140°F. That is what […]

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Cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey: Oven, Deep-Fryer, Frozen

Family and friends will gather soon for Thanksgiving Day. While most people will sit down to a roasted turkey, there are also options for deep-frying a turkey and, for those running behind, you can place a still-frozen turkey in the oven and still end up with a meal that your family and friends will enjoy. […]

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You’ve got the right stuff(ing)! Tips to handle stuffing with care.

Stuffing is a big favorite around the Thanksgiving holiday. Regionally in the U.S., it’s called by various names: stuffing, filling, or dressing. The ingredients used in stuffing are often regional as well. Usually based on a bread mixture, other ingredients such as grains, pasta, fruits, vegetables, shellfish, sausage, giblets, and nuts are also used. Stuffing […]

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Canned Breads and Cakes an Unsafe Holiday Gift

Breads and cakes baked in glass jars and then sealed with canning lids are not safe to eat. Ideas for canned breads and cakes in glass jars can be found on the internet and sometimes are printed in magazines. The bread or cake is not really home-canned. The product is baked in an open glass […]

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Safe Thawing Instructions for the Thanksgiving Turkey

Many families purchase a frozen Thanksgiving turkey, and getting the turkey to the table involves “The Big Thaw.” Turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.” While frozen, a turkey is safe indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, bacteria present before freezing can begin to grow again. Turkey […]

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Fresh or Frozen: Purchasing a Thanksgiving Turkey

Fresh? Frozen? Organic? Natural? Hen or Tom?  There are plenty of decisions to make when purchasing your Thanksgiving turkey. Turkeys to be sold fresh are quick-chilled to 40°F or lower at the processing facility, but must not go below a temperature of 26°F. You may think that turkeys chilled to this temperature would be ‘frozen’, […]

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Plan Ahead to Avoid Thanksgiving Panic

Over the next few weeks, we’ll consider the steps in getting a Thanksgiving meal successfully (and safely) on the table. Our first topic: Plan ahead to avoid Thanksgiving panic. The Thanksgiving holiday focuses on bringing family and friends together over a shared meal. Planning ahead will help ensure an enjoyable holiday. Tips for starting the […]

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Safe Preserving: Canned Chocolate Sauce

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, home canning chocolate sauce is unsafe. Are there any safe recipes for canning chocolate sauce to share as a holiday gift? Numerous recipes for chocolate sauces circulate on the internet and in newsgroups. Chocolate sauces are low acid recipes and have been linked to botulism poisoning.  […]

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