Top Tips for a safe Christmas.
Over the past few weeks, Safe Food Ireland is pushing out the message about the importance of safe cooking around Christmas with their Christmas Food Safety Campaign.
A survey of 1,001 adults carried out lst year on behalf of Safe food found that 27% of people have had Christmas cooking disasters, with 15% either undercooking or overcooking their turkey. Some 7% forgot to turn on their oven, while 4% forgot to defrost their turkey.
Thankfully, here at Hugh Maguires we are well trained in this area and always offer storage and cooking time advice to all of our customers. Here is a rundown of our top tips for a safe Christmas:
How do I know if my Turkey is cooked?
Once there is no pink meat in the thickest part of the breast and thigh, the juices run clear and the meat is piping hot throughout. If you are really unsure, pop in-store to purchase one of our handy meat thermometers or check out this handy turkey cooking time calculator.
Use a Food Thermometer
We recommend using a food thermometer – we have them available in our shop. It’s an essential tool in any kitchen – we use ours all year round. A food thermometer not only prevents undercooking, but it also prevents overcooking.
Meat, poultry, and egg dishes must be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature. This is done to kill any harmful bacteria that might be in the food. It’s the only true way of knowing your meat is safe to eat.
It’s worth noting that the internal temperature of a cooked Turkey should be 73 degrees celsius.
When to stuff my turkey?
This only applies to birds cooked in electric, fan assisted ovens. For other oven types, we recommended that you cook your stuffing in a separate oven-proof dish.
Stuffing is great at Christmas and whether it’s breadcrumb, sausage meat or your own favourite recipe, remember to:
- Prepare the stuffing just before cooking
- Don’t overstuff your bird; use only 10% of the weight of the bird in stuffing e.g. 500g stuffing for a 5kg turkey
- Allow extra cooking time for stuffed birds
- Check that stuffing is piping hot all the way through before serving.
Once a customer orders, we select a turkey to suit you which are delivered Christmas week. We store your fresh turkeys and geese in a temperature-controlled environment, packed separately from all ready-to-eat foods.
Once you pick up your turkey, it is important to put it straight into the fridge and should be cooked within two days of purchase.
Need tips on how to cook a Turkey? Click here.