Results for - Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey: What the CDC says not to do before cooking a bird
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you should not wash or rinse a turkey before cooking as poultry juices can contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops if spread in the kitchen. In a 2020 survey, 78% of participants reported washing or rinsing turkey before cooking, according to the CDC. -Fox News
1. Do you rinse your turkey before cooking it ?
2. A turkey should also never be thawed by leaving it out on the counter as it can become unsafe to consume at certain temperatures due to bacteria growth with the "danger zone" between 40°F and 140°F. Instead thaw in the refrigerator in a container; in a leak-proof plastic bag in a sink of cold water (change the water every 30 minutes); or in the microwave by following the microwave oven manufacturer's instructions. Where do you thaw your turkey?
3. If you rinse your turkey or leave it on the counter to thaw, have you ever had anyone get sick?
4. Do you use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the turkey before serving?