How to Serve Up a Thanksgiving Meal Without Any Accidents

Oh the holidays, a time to gather around family, friends, and loved ones over a hot meal. Whether you’re cooking a large meal for the entire family or simply cooking for one, these Thanksgiving safety tips will help you have your meal cooked and on the table on time.

To help you stay safe during the holiday weekend we’ve supplied you with 3 tips on how to properly fry your turkey, cook food thoroughly, and knife handling tips. This year, we’ll help get you through this season in one piece.

The Famous Fried Turkey

Did you know the leading accident during the Thanksgiving holiday is fire. For years the popular fried turkey has been known to set houses a blaze in a blink of an eye. As you’ve probably heard, the fried turkey is a Thanksgiving delicacy enjoyed by families all over the country. What makes this bird so enjoyable is one, the incredibly fast cook time at 45 minutes compared to the traditional baking of a turkey at 2 ½ to 3 hours. We can’t forget the crispy skin and juicy interior of the meat that makes this whole dish sing.

The only problem about this delectable dish is the prep. Unless you enjoy foraging your own turkey for the family, turkeys are purchased frozen. According to Butterball a turkey should thaw 1 day for every 4 pounds of turkey. Depending on how many people you plan on feeding (1 pound per person) your turkey can weigh upwards of 20 pounds, meaning it would take 5 days to completely thaw out your raw 20-pound turkey.

It’s easy to infer that the turkey is completely thawed by judging it on external temperature and firmness instead of what’s going on inside the cavity of the turkey. Be sure to check the cavity of the turkey before prepping it for frying.

When hot oil and water mix, you’ve got a problem. So, this year to reduce your chances of a fire while frying your turkey, ensure you properly thaw out your turkey. Perform a little simple math and place your turkey in the fridge for the allotted amount of time.

Food Poisoning

This holiday season be sure to invest in a quality food thermometer that will accurately gage the doneness of food that will come into contact with meat. Just because your turkey and stuffing look golden brown does not mean it’s hit the proper core temperature. Over stuffing the cavity of the turkey leads to less heat penetrating the center of the turkey.

A turkey is considered done when it hits a minimum of 165 degrees core temperature. To achieve the most accurate reading check the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickets part of the breast with a food thermometer.

To keep your turkey moist wait 20 minutes after removing it from the oven to carve into it, this gives the juices a chance to reabsorb into the meat.

Knife Safety

Another major incident over the holidays knife related injuries. Maintaining a sharp blade is key to reducing cuts while chopping veggies and carving the turkey. Some think it’s the opposite and operating with a dull knife reduces the severity or chances of cutting yourself, which is false. A sharp knife allows the user to have more control while cutting.

Preparing your knife before use is simple, use an at home sharpener to ensure your blade is sharp and ready for use. When you’re at home sharpener just isn’t cutting it, turn to a professional to get the job done.

Some obvious but useful rules of using a knife, your knife should not double as a can opener, always operate on a clean flat surface while chopping, and always cut away from the body never towards.

A Safe Holiday is a Happy Holiday

Practice the tips mentioned in this blog to ensure you and your family have a safe and accident free holiday.