DON'T LET FOOD-related illnesses spoil your holiday table. Follow these food tips for a safe and delicious Thanksgiving.
* Buy fresh turkey one or two days before you plan to cook it. Check the "sell by" date on the label of fresh turkey; this is the last day the turkey should be sold.
* Always wash and dry your turkey (or poultry of any kind) thoroughly before seasoning.
* When handling raw poultry, use a surface that is non-porous. Use your kitchen counter or a heavy plastic cutting surface instead of a wooden chopping board. The wooden surface will absorb any bacteria from the raw poultry. This bacteria may be transmitted to other food products when using your wooden cutting board for preparing vegetables and other foods.