Stay Safe This Thanksgiving: Helpful Tips to Keep in Your Apron Pocket
Cooking a giant meal for your entire family already sounds daunting: what if you burn the food? What if something doesn't turn out the way you want it to? Let's add stressors to that list: what if I give all of my guests salmonella? What if I burn my house down?
There are a few tips that we've found that may save your skin this Thanksgiving season, and they might be things you haven't ever thought of before. Check out the below list, and then add 'staying safe' to the list of things you don't have to worry about anymore.
1. Avoiding salmonella
It's easier than you think to avoid the pesky foodborne illnesses that you may be prone to this holiday. Thanks to Banner Health, there are quite a few things you can do. Make sure you keep raw and cooked food separate, for one, with different utensils used for each. Wash your spoon or fork between tastings when checking on things like potatoes or gravy, and always thaw your frozen meats in the refrigerator, not out in the open. Last but not least, make sure to wash your hands! (Source: Banner Health)
2. Don't be a fire hazard.
If you're deciding to deep-fry your turkey this year, you're definitely in for a treat-- that crispy skin? YUM. However, heating up gallons of oil is already a dangerous idea. Some tips? Thanks to SeriousEats.com, we now know it's best to keep kids and pets away while you fry, never leave the turkey unattended (even if it's cold outside-- sorry, guys), and NEVER deep-fry indoors. By the way: NEVER put a wet or icy turkey in a deep-fryer. Make sure your turkey is dry and thawed before you lower that sucker in.
3. Save your relationships: avoid tricky dinner topics
This tip is more of for your emotional safety. It's never fun to get into blowout arguments on a holiday, so use USA Today's tips for avoiding tricky topics like politics: don't bring it up if you don't have to, be honest with your relatives, and don't be afraid to change the subject. If you know you and your family can have great, honest conversations about the world, I won't stop you. If you don't, you can steer the conversation away without feeling like you're stifling anyone's opinions.
Have a great Thanksgiving, and keep it safe out there.