Thursday, December 1, 2011

Food Safety

Someone asked me how long they should keep the turkey from Thanksgiving.  Here is what several food safety  experts say.

1. No longer than three days - it is best to cut the meat from the carcase and either freeze or use it within 3 days. Every time you take the bird out to slice some more meat, the bird warms a bit.  So you are giving Bactria an opportunity to grow.

2. Dressing/Stuffing = two day max.  After that freeze or toss.  Do not keep dressing anywhere but the fridge. Also - do not add to the dressing.  That can introduce new bacteria to the dressing.  BAD IDEA!

3. Fresh Cranberries can be frozen. Cranberry Sauce can be kept for up to five days.

So be careful - it is easy to forget what to do.