OSU hotline offers answers to Thanksgiving food safety questions

November 18, 2013
Roast turkey (Photo by Flickr:tuchodi)
A roast Thanksgiving turkey is pictured. (Photo by Flickr:tuchodi)

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Did you know that turkey is done when an internal thermometer in the thigh registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit? 

With Thanksgiving around the corner, receive answers to questions like these from the Oregon State University Extension Service's holiday food safety/preservation hotline at 1-800-354-7319. The free service is open for calls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18-22, and Nov. 25-26.

Typical questions range from how to make the perfect stuffing recipe to how long to thaw a frozen turkey to how to safely travel to the big family gathering with a cooked bird, said Nellie Oehler, a retired family community health educator with OSU Extension.

Master Food Preserver volunteers trained by OSU Extension staff the hotline and field an average of more than 200 questions every November, according to Oehler.

Additionally, OSU Extension has published two new fact sheets on turkey food safety at Turkey Fact Sheet and Turkey Basics. A fact sheet is also available in Spanish at Preparación del Pavo.  

For more information, see OSU Extension's website, Food Safety Resources, at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/food-safety. You can also submit food safety questions at any time to OSU Extension's Ask an Expert service at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/extension-ask-an-expert.  

Author: Denise Ruttan
Source: Nellie Oehler