Yadkin 4-H Club issued the following announcement on Nov. 25
N.C. Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County Center wishes you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
Here are some quick tips for preparing the showstopper of the feast:
- Don’t wash the turkey! Only cooking to a proper 165° F temperature will destroy the bacteria. Salmonella and Campylobacter can be sprayed up to 3 feet when washing the turkey,
- Keep turkey in freezer until ready to thaw and cook. Keep in mind that when defrosting in a refrigerator will take 24 hours for every 5 lbs. Don’t wait last minute and try setting a reminder!
- Turkey must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165° F/ 74° C. When checking the temperature, check in three spots: Thickest part of breast, innermost part of wing, and innermost part of thigh.
Original source: https://yadkin.ces.ncsu.edu/2019/11/gobble-all-the-way-to-safety/