When you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner you may not be thinking about all the germs and bacteria that could be in your holiday feast.
A large variety of foods, cooking styles and germs combine to fill the table on Thanksgiving. But we have some ways to make sure you just have a full belly instead of an upset one.
First... Prepare the turkey.
WTAMU Microbiologist Dr. Carolyn Bouma says, "You should put it in the sink, filled with cold water. Make sure you change the water every half hour."
Cleaning up can fill your sponge with bacteria, but there's a quick fix.
"Get it damp with some water and put it in the microwave for a minute to a minute and a half. Basically that heats up the water that is in the sponge, creates some steam and helps kill the bacteria that is in there."
Food is only meant to be kept out about two hours after eating... If you want to snack just make sure you follow the rules.
"The general rule of thumb is to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. There is kind of a temperature range in between say 40 degrees and 140 degrees fahrenheit were bacteria can multiple very rapidly."
When your done... Don't stuff your fridge, it can cause your food to not get as cold as it should be.
"Try to leave some space around the edges and sides and the back so the air can circulate, because that is how your refrigerator works. The best way to package your left overs is in shallow containers because they have a greater surface area and they chill down more quickly."
One more clean up tip....
Mix a quart of water and a teaspoon of bleach together and pour it down your sink drain to clean out the pipes after your done cooking.
Here are some extra tips:
US Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Nutrition