A University of Illinois Extension Nutrition Educator has some tips for those planning to do the preparing of food this holiday season.
Caitlin Mellendorf is a nutrition educator at the U of I Extension in DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Counties. She encourages, if you're planning for a potluck style gathering, encourage as many slow cooker offerings as possible to help keep those foods at a safe temperature throughout your gathering.
One of the most important parts of Thanksgiving food preparation is making sure the festive bird is prepared to the correct temperatures. Mellendorf also says to make sure the turkey is appropriately thawed.
However you plan to prepare your turkey, Mellendorf encourages keeping your hands washed as you transition from one dish or food to the next. Additionally, keep your food prep surfaces clean and those utensils cleaned well.
The Extension's 'Turkey for the Holidays' webpage has been updated. Mellendorf encourages visiting it for tips on things like choosing a turkey, how to thaw safely, and preparing your bird. There are also things for kids to do as well. Visit extension.illinois.edu/turkey.