Safety Tips for Holiday Cooking


Union County, NJ — 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.
  • 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 ucnj.org/rce or call 908-654-9854.


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