Telling your mother-in-law what you really think about her cooking isn't nearly as hazardous as dumping a frozen turkey into a pot of boiling oil, but it's still risky. Here, Epicurious Senior Editor (and our resident Thanksgiving guru) Kemp Minifie and University of Arizona-Tucson Professor and Microbiologist Charles Gerba (aka Dr. Germ) weigh in on the five most dangerous things you can do on Thanksgiving.
Dirty Deed #1: Wash the Turkey
"If you wash the turkey, you're unknowingly spraying microscopic raw turkey juices all over the sink and kitchen," says Minifie. "The only way to kill the bacteria is by cooking the bird." Instead of washing the turkey, just pat it dry with disposable paper towels and put that sucker in the oven.
See more: Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving Turkeys
Dirty Deed #2: Pick at the Turkey Carcass and Stuffing Inside the Turkey
Some families linger over the meal, eat dessert, watch a football game, and then put away