Guidance on cooking turkey safely and how to store the leftovers this Christmas – Daily Record

Guidance on cooking turkey safely and how to store the leftovers this Christmas – Daily Record

Food standards chiefs have issued guidance on cooking and storing turkey safely as millions prepare to tuck into the festive bird later today.

Around 2.4 million cases of food poisoning are estimated to occur across the UK every year, according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

And the cooking of turkey can often throw up a curve ball for Scots that are perhaps not used to cooking it the whole year around.

Given the past year we’ve had, the last thing people will want is to come down with a poorly stomach after the festive feast.

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That is why FSA bosses have issued a guide on what to do when cooking a turkey and what you should do with the leftovers to ensure that unwanted bacteria stays away.

How to cook your turkey safely

Scots have been urged not to wash their turkey before popping it in the cooker
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Scots have been urged not to wash their turkey before cooking, as washing the meat can spread germs onto hands, clothes, utensils and worktops. A thorough cooking of the turkey will kill all the harmful bacteria.

The instructions on the packaging of the turkey should be followed closely. It is worth noting that the cooking guidelines will be based on a bird that has not been stuffed.

If there are no cooking instructions on the turkey, you should preheat an oven to 180C (or gas mark four).

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You should allow:

  • 45 minutes per kg plus 20 minutes for a turkey that weighs under 4.5kg
  • 40 minutes per kg for a turkey that weighs between 4.5kg and 6.5kg
  • 35 minutes per kg for a turkey that weighs over 6.5kg

Hands should be washed thoroughly after touching raw poultry. Work surfaces, chopping boards, utensils and anything else that may have come into contact with the raw meat should also be cleaned.

Cooking the stuffing inside the turkey is …….

Source: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/food-drink/guidance-cooking-turkey-safely-how-25784247

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