Thanksgiving Turkey Quiz

 

Do you know how to stay safe this Thanksgiving season?

Take this quiz to find out.

1) You should buy your turkey no more than two days before cooking it.
True.
Buying your turkey a maximum of two days before cooking it gives you the best chance of keeping it fresh and safe to eat.

2) Turkey should be thawed at room temperature.
False.
Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator or in cold water, changing the water every half hour.

3) Symptoms of food-borne illnesses are always visible immediately.
False.
Although the effects can occasionally be seen instantaneously, it’s also possible that they may not appear for over a month. The best way to avoid them entirely is safe preparation and handling of your food.

4) Your oven should be set to at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and the turkey should be cooked until the thickest part of the thigh or breast reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit (85 degrees Celsius.)
True.
Use a meat thermometer to be sure you’ve reached the appropriate internal temperature. Cooking your Thanksgiving turkey to this temperature will kill any harmful bacteria present in the meat, which will greatly reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

5) It is okay to cook stuffing in the same dish as the turkey.
False.
Stuffing must be cooked in a separate dish or on the stovetop. If you cook it in the same dish, you run a very high risk of cross-contamination that can easily be avoided with a bit of precaution.

6) Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator as soon as possible and placed in an uncovered, shallow container.
True.
Placing leftovers in a shallow container allows them to cool down quicker, reducing the amount of time the food is exposed to room temperature. The less time it is allowed to hover at that temperature, the less time it is given to accumulate bacteria.

7) Perishable foods shouldn’t be kept at room temperature for more than two hours at a time.
True.
The longer perishable food is kept at room temperature, the more unwanted bacteria it will accumulate. If you’re entertaining friends or family and need large quantities of food, taking out small portions and replenishing them as needed is a viable option.

8) It’s okay to estimate how long food has been in the oven.
False.
Where possible, use a timer when cooking foods. This tactic is especially important when preparing food that requires a long cooking time, because being even a few minutes off can make or break the meal.