Over the past few weeks with the help of Chef Adrian Martin, Safe Food Ireland are 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 last month 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.
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.
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.
We do advise that you should order your turkey now and pick it up as close to Christmas as possible.
Once a customer orders, we select a turkey to suit you which are delivered Christmas week. We store your fresh turkeys and geese in 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.