Kitchen Tips for a Happy, Food-Safe Thanksgiving

For Immediate Release: Nov. 23, 2010
Media Contact: Communication Office

BURLINGTON – Anyone who has ever roasted turkey (and all the trimmings) for a Thanksgiving celebration knows the responsibility can be daunting.

For the chef, knowing that all care has been taken to prepare foods in a way that keeps loved ones safe from foodborne illness is more important than the thanks and compliments.

“We want Vermonters to enjoy their holiday meal,” said Elisabeth Wirsing, food and lodging chief at the Vermont Department of Health, “and to be aware of the proper steps for thawing, stuffing, cooking and storing a turkey and other foods.”
Prepare Food Safely
Wash your hands before handling any food – especially after using the bathroom, changing diapers and handling pets. It is also important to wash your hands after handling raw foods.

Defrost Foods Safely

For more information on “Safe Food Handling for a Healthy Holiday” visit the Health Department website at


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