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Poultry Preparation

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Bacon and Food Safety | PDF
Find out how bacon (including poultry bacon) is made and how best to store and handle it.

Chicken from Farm to Table | PDF
Safe storage, handling, cooking methods, and approximate cooking times for chicken.

Color of Meat & Poultry | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
What factors affect the color of meat and poultry? What do color changes mean in terms of food safety?

Duck and Goose from Farm to Table | PDF
Safe storage, handling, cooking methods, and approximate cooking times for duck and goose.

Game from Farm to Table | PDF
Game and game birds are now farm raised in the United States, and are under voluntary USDA inspection. Learn about the safe handling of these products.

Giblets and Food Safety | PDF
Background information about poultry giblets — inspection, processing, safe handling and cooking.

Ground Poultry and Food Safety | PDF
Questions and answers to help you understand labeling information on ground poultry products and handle and prepare them safely.

Hock Locks & Other Accoutrements | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
"Say, what's this plastic thing holding the legs together on our turkey? Won't it melt if we put it in the oven?" The answer to this and other questions about functional items producers use on their products.

Hot Dogs and Food Safety | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
They can be made from beef, pork, turkey, chicken, or a combination — learn more about this popular food.

Jerky and Food Safety | PDF
The scientific background behind drying food to make it safe and the safest procedure to follow when making homemade jerky.

Poultry: Basting, Brining, and Marinating | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Don't compromise food safety when looking for new and interesting ways to prepare old standards like chicken and turkey.

Poultry Inspection Questions and Answers | PDF
Information on inspection and processing of poultry products.

The Poultry Label Says "Fresh" | PDF
For consumers, "fresh" means whole poultry and cuts have never been below 26°F. The fact sheet provides background information on this labeling rule.

Rabbit from Farm to Table | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Safe storage, handling, cooking methods, and approximate cooking times for rabbit.

Ratites (Emu, Ostrich and Rhea) | PDF
Safe storage, handling, and cooking methods for these products.

Stuffing and Food Safety | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Because stuffing (dressing or filling) is an excellent medium for bacterial growth, it's important to handle it safely and cook it to a safe minimum internal temperature as measured with a food thermometer.

Turduckens Require Safe Food Handling | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
"Turducken"—a layered poultry dish especially popular during the holidays— requires safe food handling and thorough cooking to prevent foodborne illness.

Water in Meat and Poultry | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Answers to questions that consumers have asked about water in packages of fresh meat and poultry.

 
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Is Pink Turkey Meat Safe? | PDF
The color of cooked meat and poultry is not always a sure sign of its degree of doneness. Only by using a food thermometer can you accurately determine that a meat has reached a safe temperature.

Let's Talk Turkey-A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Every facet of getting a turkey from the store to the dinner table is included—buying fresh vs. frozen, safe thawing methods, stuffing, roasting, storing leftover turkey and reheating the leftovers.

Turkey: Alternate Routes to the Table | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
The conventional oven -- although the appliance most often used to cook a whole turkey -- is not the only way to get the big bird done and beautiful. There are alternate routes for cooking a turkey safely.

Turkey Basics
Turkey from Farm to Table | PDF
Safe storage, handling, cooking methods and approximate cooking times (traditional and microwave) for turkey products. Information about inspection and labeling is included.

Turkey Raised by the Rules | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Information about turkeys, from the time they are hatched on the farm until they make it home to the freezer.
 
 
Last Modified Jul 08, 2013