Thanksgiving is right around the corner and health officials want to make sure you're handling that turkey safely.
I'm not trying to scare anybody but salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year according to the CDC. The CDC also said that they saw more than 164 cases of salmonella over the last year resulting from raw turkey, so it's important to take the proper precautions!
Experts say that it's not a good idea to thaw the turkey in the refrigeration instead of cold water. If you do decide to use water, make sure you change it every 30 minutes. And don't let it sit out - get that bird in the oven ASAP!
Another tip is to make sure the Turkey cooks to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, and don't forget to WASH YOUR HANDS!
While we're here talking about turkey and safety... let me just advise you that frying turkeys can be REALLY dangerous.... here, take a look.