foodborne illness

Thanksgiving Day Preparations
1:46 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Don't Forget to Thaw the Turkey

Before cooking your turkey, food safety calls for proper thawing procedures.
Credit Rene Schwietzke

If you’re planning to cook a big turkey this Thanksgiving, you may need to start thawing it this weekend. 

Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney says the best way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the fridge, but you have to allow one day of thawing for every five pounds of turkey. 

“Therefore if you’re going to serve a large turkey approximately 20 pounds, plan at least four to five days in the refrigerator for thawing.” 

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