NC Cooperative Extension (Healthy For The Holidays)

Posted in: Madison Park
November 2020 | Issue 2
Safest Way to Fry a Turkey
Cooking Stuffing for the Holiday
Seasonal Food Spotlight
Holiday COVID Precautions for Gathering
How to Know When Your Turkey is Done
Homegrown | Why NOT to Wash Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Why NOT to Wash your Turkey
While it’s tempting to wash your turkey before cooking, you could actually do more harm than good - learn why! Our resident food-safety expert and NC State Extension specialist, Ben Chapman, shares research-based tips to help you prep your Thanksgiving feast so everyone stays happy and healthy.
The Safest Way to Fry a Turkey
Homegrown | The Safest Way to Fry a Turkey
Ben Chapman shares tips and tools
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Roasted, smoked, fried; however you cook a turkey, it’s yummy. If you do decide to fry your turkey, there are extra safety issues to consider. If you need a bit more guidance, check out this great video from our knowledgeable food safety expert and save the helpful resource below.
Cooking Stuffing This Holiday?
by Matt Silmon
" A common question that pops up is whether it’s better to cook stuffing in the bird to preserve moisture (and get flavored by the turkey juices) or to prepare it as a separate dish. The concern is that if someone puts the stuffing in the turkey cavity it may become contaminated by the turkey juices and Salmonella and Campylobacter will migrate through the stuffing."
Seasonal Food Spotlight: Collards Greens
Collard greens grow as a loose bouquet rather than a tight “head” like other cabbages. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they are one of the most popular garden vegetables in the South and are rapidly becoming a delicacy in northern states as well.

Watch the video above on Why To Not Wash Your Turkey!!!


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