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Turkey is one of the most popular foods to eat during the holiday season. This nutritious and tasty food must be prepared properly so as to prevent food borne illness. Take a look at the following tips to make sure you cool it, clean it and cook it properly!


Cool it!




Clean It!


Use the following tips when you are ready to cook the turkey.


Cook It!

If you are planning to stuff your turkey, allow ½ – ¾ cups of stuffing per pound of turkey. Stuff the turkey just prior to roasting, never the day or night before. Do not pack stuffing, let it sit loosely in the cavity to promote even cooking. Place the turkey in a roasting pan, cover lightly with a tent of tin foil and it is ready for the oven. Cooking times will depend on the size of the bird. For a Roasting Guide visit The best way to make sure your turkey is cooked is to get a meat thermometer. Insert the meat thermometer into the inner thigh, just above, but not touching the bone. Cook the turkey in the oven at 325 F (160C).

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Your turkey is done when:


When the turkey is done, remove it from the oven. Cover it with foil and let stand 15-20 minutes before carving.


Adapted from information by the Manitoba Turkey Producers Marketing Board.


For more information visit the Thunder Bay District Health Unit website at


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