If you’re on cooking duty on Christmas Day, there are some simple steps you can follow to make sure you’re serving up safe and tasty turkey!
The Food Standards Agency has published some top tips to help you make your food go further and make sure you avoid any unwelcome bouts of festive food poisoning.
Doing your shopping
Take enough bags to the shops with you, so you can avoid cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.
Defrosting your turkey
Check the guidance on your turkey to make sure you thoroughly defrost it before cooking. Depending on the size of your turkey, this could take a few days.
Don’t wash raw turkey
This can spread harmful germs onto your hands, clothes, cooking utensils and worktops.
Cook your turkey thoroughly
To work out the cooking time, check the instructions on the packaging. You should make sure the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and that the meat juices run clear.
Make the most of your leftovers
You can safely use your leftovers to make another meal after Christmas Day.