Prep It Right, Keep It Safe, Run It off – The Turkey Trifecta
This goes down as a Trifecta of Turkey Type Trivia just in Time for Thanksgiving!
Whew! Let's go...
THE CDC HAS SPOKEN
Number One - When the CDC isn't too busy, changing its collective minds about the proper Coronavirus pandemic protocols, the health organization even has something to say about the do's and do not's of Thanksgiving Turkeys!
The first thing you don't want on the Thanksgiving menu is food poisoning. The CDC says here is how to prevent it:
DO NOT wash or rinse a turkey before cooking as poultry juices can contaminate other foods, utensils, and countertops if spread in the kitchen
DO wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling poultry
DO use a separate cutting board
DO washing all dishes or utensils the turkey touches.
DO thaw the bird in the refrigerator in a container; in a leak-proof plastic bag in a sink of cold water (change the water every half hour); or in the microwave
WHO YOU GONNA CALL, TURKEY BUSTERS?
Number Two - So you have the safety thing down but if you're nervous about the best way to cook the bird, here is the chef's social media lifeline. BUTTERBALL TURKEY’S TURKEY TALK-LINE IS BACK: Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL, or text 844-877-3456, or contact them via Alexa-enabled devices by saying, “Alexa, ask Butterball…” You can also contact the line via TikTok, or browse the online portal for tips, tricks, and various calculators to help you figure out how long to thaw and cook your bird, as well as how many pounds your turkey should be in the first place.
There are also lots of recipes available on the Butterball Talk-Line website for the turkey and all the sides, as well as desserts.
YOU'VE GOT TO MOVE IT MOVE IT
Number Three - Even speaking of social media, it is there where you can find out the details of more than a thousand "Turkey Trot" events! According to Outside Online, the American tradition of running a 5K to build up an appetite has been going strong since the very first one that was held in Buffalo, New York, in 1896.
There is also a bit of a joke online too, saying one of the biggest fears associated with Thanksgiving is the fear of marrying into a Turkey Trot family! It seems many people dislike the idea of a turkey trot for a few reasons, one being they don’t want more family time on a day already packed with it, another being that figuring out how many calories one needs to burn to offset Thanksgiving dinner is problematic, and another being that many young adults like to go out partying on Thanksgiving eve—and hangovers don’t pair well with running the next morning. Thanks, InsideHook!