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Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece-the turkey-is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA is encouraging cooks to access a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help guide consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise.

"Unsafe handling and undercooking of your turkey can lead to serious foodborne illness," said Al Almanza, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. "USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has a variety of food safety resources to help with any questions related to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, including our Meat and Poultry Hotline that will be helpful staff on Thanksgiving Day."

Cooking Turkey like a PRO:

This Thanksgiving more than 46 million turkeys will be eaten. Cooking the Thanksgiving turkey can be tricky, and trying to figure out when the turkey is done is often the hardest task. But it does not have to be. Place your thermometer in the innermost area of ​​the room.

Place the thermometer in the innermost part of the thigh, the innermost part of the wing, and the thickest part of the breast.

Read the temperature to make sure the bird has reached the minimum internal temperature of 165 ° F. > Take the turkey Out of the oven, and serve it to your family without worry.

For big thanksgiving dinners, planning ahead is very important. You can assess your meals, refrigerator, and freezer to plan out your meals and your shopping list. When you are trying to figure out if you can use something you already have at home, keep the FoodKeeper application handy.

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If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888.MPHotline (888.674.6854) to talk to a food safety expert. The Hotline has been around for 30 years. Last November they received more than 3000 calls mostly about Thanksgiving dinner.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline phone line is available from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Consumers with more food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about how to safely select, thaw, and prepare a turkey. FSIS will provide Thanksgiving food safety information during November on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.go.

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Thanksgiving is the biggest meal that many cooks prepare each year. Its centerpiece - the turkey - is the largest dish most cooks will find, and many have no experience in grilling one. USDA encourages cooks to gain access to a range of resources, from smartphone applications to their 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, to help guide consumers through any food preparation enigma this season of parties, where and when, may arise.

Al Amanza, Deputy Undersecretary of USDA Food Security

Cook a turkey like a pro:

Thanksgiving will be eaten more than 46 million turkeys. Cooking turkey can be tricky and trying to figure out when it's ready is often the most difficult task. But, it does not have to be. Impress your family using a food thermometer as a professional: place the thermometer, read the temperature, remove the oven. Place the thermometer in the internal to the thigh, the innermost part of the wing and the thickest part of the breast. Read the temperature to make sure the bird has reached a minimum internal temperature of 165 ° F. Take the turkey out of the oven and serve it to your family with no worries.

Plan ahead:

Thank you, advance planning is very important. You can evaluate your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to plan your meals and your shopping list. While investigating whether you can use something you already have at home, the FoodKeeper application is practical.

FoodKeeper is a mobile application created by FSIS in partnership with The Food Marketing Institute and Cornell University. FoodKeeper offers storage tips on over 400 different food and beverage items and can help you decide what you can keep and what you should discard. It also offers a handy guide about leftovers, which you probably have many after the big meal. Download FoodKeeper today on your Android or iOS device.

Ordinary people to talk to:

If you need help on Thanksgiving, the Meat and Poultry Hotline will be available from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

with more food safety questions can visit FoodSafety.gov to learn more about selecting, thawing and preparing a turkey safely. FSIS will provide Thanksgiving food security information during November through its Twitter account, @USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook, at Facebook.com/FoodSafety.go.

  • Adam Floyd