Thanksgiving is a time to get together with your loved ones, enjoy a hearty meal, and feel an immense sense of gratitude for all of the blessings in your life. So why would you want to make the common Thanksgiving cooking mistakes that actually end up hurting your health, as well as the health of those at your table?
What are the most common Thanksgiving cooking mistakes that people make? Keep reading to learn about them so you can avoid them this year.
Putting the Stuffing Inside the Turkey
Rather than putting the stuffing into your turkey, leave it on the side for your guests to spoon onto their dishes. According to the USDA, you should be cooking your stuffing outside of the turkey in a casserole. Otherwise, you could risk getting your family sick.
Failing to Cook the Turkey for the Right Length of Time
If you’re planning on serving turkey as your main course for your Thanksgiving dinner, you need to be certain that you have a meat thermometer handy, as this will tell you exactly when it’s the best time to take the turkey out of the oven and serve it. Check that the meat has reached 170°F within the inner thigh, and check that the juices are running clear, in order to be sure your guests won’t become ill from eating undercooked meat.
Frying Your Turkey
Frying your turkey is a poor idea. Despite the flavors that it can create, especially within the crispy skin, this method of cooking is bad for everyone’s health, as it adds unnecessary and detrimental fat and calories.
Thawing Your Food on the Counter
When preparing your Thanksgiving meal, make sure that you don’t thaw any food at room temperature on your counter. While this might seem like a great idea, it really isn’t because the outer layer of the food will begin to develop bacteria while the inside layer will stay frozen. Instead, thaw the food in the microwave or the refrigerator first. Alternatively, you can thaw your food in cold water that’s changed every half hour.
Failing to Put Away Leftovers
Even after you’re done cooking your Thanksgiving feast, you need to be sure that you put your leftovers away promptly. Leaving them out on the counter for more than two hours could result in harmful bacterial growth.
By avoiding these Thanksgiving cooking mistakes, you can rest assured that everyone will enjoy every bite that they take at the dinner table.