Healthy Happy Thanksgiving
Hopefully you're bird is perfectly cooked, moist and delicious and your kitchen is still a healthy place to be.
One of the many questions the folks at the Meat and Poultry Hotline are asked each year has the experts thinking about safety.
The question is: Before you stick that turkey in the oven, should you give it a rinse in the kitchen sink to make sure it's clean?
Marianne Gravely runs the the Meat and Poultry Hotline told the USDA Gary Crawford.
"Don't put the turkey in the sink, just put it right on the roasting pan. The bacteria that's on there splashes around your kitchen. Drexel University did a study. They found bacteria up to two feet away from the sink."
If you still have questions about anything related to cooking a delicous and safe turkey or just about anything to do with food safety you can call the The Meat and Poultry Hotline number. At 1-888-MPHOTLINE. Or you can go online to www.askkaren.gov
What if you did rinse the bird in the kitchen sink? You'll want to kill all those germs in the kitchen sink by plugging the drain, filling your sink up with warm water and adding a little bit of bleach. Use a sponge to wipe up the faucet and handles, let sit for five minutes, then drain.
After thoroughly washing food preparation surfaces, such as countertops and cutting boards, with hot, soapy water, you can sanitize them with a solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water. Let the solution stand on the surfaces for a few minutes; then air dry or pat dry with clean paper towels.