Tips for Cooking a Turkey

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Thanksgiving is four days away, but before you dig in, it's a good time to remember food safety.

That's the message from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which has some tips for people planning to roast a turkey.

If you choose fresh turkey, buy it no more than two days ahead. Frozen turkeys should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.

Allow about 24 hours per five pounds of turkey. A 15-pound turkey could take three full days to thaw in the refrigerator.

Turkey is safe to eat when it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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