Thanksgiving By The Numbers

While the guest list and the amount of food needed for this year’s Thanksgiving may both be smaller, some numbers for this holiday do not change!

Write these down for quick reference

325…  That is the temperature to roast your turkey in the oven

165…  The minimum temperature the meat should reach at the thickest part of the breast or thigh, without putting a thermometer against a bone.  Some are recommending 170 on the Breast and 180 on the Thigh,

165…  The temperature your stuffing should reach whether it is in the bird or in a separate pan.

2 Hours…  The maximum you should let your food stand after it is cooked before it should be put in the refrigerator.  And that is two hours from the end of cooking, not the end of the meal.

Finally, a toll-free number, 1-888-674-6854, for the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline for Frequently Asked Questions of cooking and handling of meat and poultry items.

You can also call 800-Butterball

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