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Food Safety for Those Glorious Holiday Goodies! (PDF Only) | Alternate Text
If any of your holiday recipes call for uncooked or lightly-cooked eggs, you can modify them by cooking the eggs thoroughly. From the Partnership for Food Safety Education.
Hotline Answers "Panic Button" Food Safety Questions | PDF | En Español PDF
During the holidays, people are busy and can sometimes forget that unsafe handling and cooking can lead to foodborne illness. Here are some questions callers have asked regarding the safety of their holiday foods.
Let's Talk Turkey-A Consumer Guide to Safely Roasting a Turkey | PDF | En Español
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.
Mail Order Food Safety | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
These tips, and a comprehensive storage chart, will help the purchaser and recipient determine if their perishable foods have been handled properly.
Roasting Those "Other" Holiday Meats | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Rather than turkey, some families choose a rib roast; others, a ham; and some will have a butcher arrange a crown roast of lamb. For special holiday meals, the cook wants everything perfect — and perfectly safe.
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.
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: Handling Cooked Dinners | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Recommendations for take-out, deli-prepared, or convenience turkey dinners.
- Turkey Basics: Safe Cooking | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Roasting instructions and approximate cooking times.
- Turkey Basics: Safe Thawing | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
A turkey must be kept at a safe temperature during thawing. Learn three safe methods.
- Turkey Basics: Stuffing | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
For safety, prepare stuffing or dressing for the turkey according to these directions.
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.
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Cooking For Groups (Multiple Formats)
This information will help volunteers prepare and serve food safely for occasions like family reunions, church dinners, and community gatherings. Get English or Spanish booklets, artwork, and more. Related publications:
Food Safety While Hiking, Camping & Boating | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Whether you are in your kitchen or enjoying the great outdoors, there are some food safety principles that remain constant.
Smoking Meat & Poultry | PDF | En Español | En Español PDF
Where there's smoke, there's well flavored meat and poultry. Using a smoker is one method of imparting natural smoke flavor to large cuts of meat, whole poultry, and turkey breasts.
From the Partnership for Food Safety Education
Fight BAC!™ The Partnership has a variety of fact sheets on its Holiday Food Safety Resources page.
Be sure to visit the Partnership's HolidayFoodSafety.org site for everything you'll need to have a festive, delicious food-safe celebration. Offerings change seasonally; lots of fun activities for kids.