• By Allan M Block Blogging Team
  • Posted November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Hosting

Some of us have Thanksgivings that are more memorable than others… like the year that we took the unfrozen turkey out of the refrigerator the night before thanksgiving and due to a hole in the plastic bag the turkey had gone bad. Or year that the turkey wasn’t dried off as well as it should have been and when put into the deep fryer splashed oil everywhere. Thankfully both of these situations ended well and are able to be joked about but Thanksgiving can have some surprising dangers. Here are some helpful tips to stay safe this year.


Stovetop Safety

Cooking for your loved ones can be really rewarding experience and following these can help avoid a kitchen disaster.

  • Stand by your pan and never leave your food unattended while frying or grilling.
  • Never douse a grease fire with water as that can make the flames spread, keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
  • Avoid wearing clothing or accessories that was loose fitting or has long sleeves as they can easily catch fire.
  • Before going to bed make sure the oven, turkey fryer/BBQ and stove burners are off.

Turkey Time

If you are planning on making turkey on Thanksgiving make sure you buy carefully. A frozen turkey can take quite a bit of time to safely defrost, so make sure you have leave enough time.

  • Thaw in refrigerator – every 4-5 pounds needs 1 day to thaw
  • Submerge turkey (wrapped in leak proof wrapping) in cold water – every 1 pound needs 30 minutes to thaw

Once your turkey has been successfully thawed you can cook the turkey. It should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit minimum. Use a thermometer on the innermost part of the thigh and wing as well as the thickest portion of the breast to ensure it is well cooked.

Deep Fried Delicious

If you are planning on deep frying the turkey some additional recommendations, never use the fryer indoors, keep it a safe distance from buildings and flammable objects, make sure the turkey is fully thawed and completely dry.


Leftovers might be one of the best parts of Thanksgiving but they need to be refrigerated within 2 hours of when they were served. Leftovers are most safely eaten within 3 days from when they were made. If you are planning on storing them longer they should be moved to the freezer.

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