Roberta Anding, director of Sports Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital and a registered dietitian with Baylor College of Medicine, has a few tips so you can make the most of the season.
- Always use a meat thermometer to check if the turkey or other meat is fully cooked. The color of the turkey can’t determine the safety of the meat.
- An easy way to remember to what temperature the meat should be cooked is the catchy rhyme, “Bacteria don’t thrive at 165.”
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly during food preparation.
- Don’t forget, meat isn’t the only food that can make you sick. Wash all produce before cutting and chopping.
- Refrigerator leftovers within two hours. Do not leave food out all day for grazing.
- Use a thermometer when reheating food as well.
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