The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County offers the following food safety tips for holiday cooking:

Thaw frozen turkeys in the refrigerator (3-4 days for a 15 lb. turkey)

Stuff the turkey right before it goes in the oven. 

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Cook at a minimum temperature of 325° F and use a thermometer. 

 When done, the thermometer should register 165° F in the inner thigh, wing, breast, and stuffing.

Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

Refrigerate leftovers promptly.

The Cooperative Extension of Union County is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. For additional food safety tips call the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline, 1-888-674-6854.

For information on all Union County Extension programs including 4-H youth clubs, Master Gardeners, Master Tree Stewards, and family wellness initiatives visit or call 908-654-9854.

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