By: Darria Long Gillespie, MD, MBA
Visiting Grandma's house…running in your local turkey trot…relaxing on the sofa watching football…making a trip to the ER…
Wait -- the ER? You bet! Every year, countless people spend time in the ER due to preventable accidents. If you want to avoid quality time with the ER doc this Thanksgiving, read on!
1. Punt Food Poisoning
Whenever you're dealing with raw meat, there's always a risk of some bacterial contamination and food poisoning. Cooking such a large item such as a turkey can make it especially difficult to tell that the entire thing is cooked. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), be sure to completely thaw the turkey before cooking. Set the oven temperature to at least 325 degrees and continue to roast the bird until a food thermometer registers a minimum temperature of 165 degrees on the inside.
It's best to cook stuffing in a casserole pan, but if you choose to stuff a turkey, make sure theRead More »from Don’t Be a Turkey: 4 Ways to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving