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Posts tagged: AskKaren

Turkey FUNdamentals: Top Questions for Cooking a Turkey

Safety first this Thanksgiving.

Safety first this Thanksgiving.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline has been answering consumer questions related to Holiday meals for over 25 years. Of course, we get the usual questions about buying, thawing and roasting a turkey. But we also get some of the same not-so-typical questions each year. You may have had these questions yourself. Read more »

Massive Winter Storm Blankets the Midwest, Moves East: Ensure Food Safety When the Power Goes Out

Snow, sleet, ice, and wind can wreak havoc on our every day lives. Winter!  It’s a fact of modern life: sometimes the power goes out.

If your power goes out, knowing how to keep food safe can help minimize the loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness. Read more »

Holiday Food Safety Bloopers

Cross-posted from the blog.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline talked to about 350 people on Thanksgiving Day about thawing, preparing and storing turkey. Most people were right on track and just needed some reassuring about handling the big bird. Some people, however, called about situations that could be disastrous – or even deadly.

Even though these problems involved turkey, the same food safety principles apply if you’re cooking ham, duck, goose or any another holiday meat. Read more »

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Cooking the Turkey

Cross-posted from the blog.

November is the busiest month of the year for those of us on the USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline. During the week of Thanksgiving, we get lots of questions about how to safely cook a turkey. Here are answers to the questions we hear most often. Read more »

Turkey Tweets and Facebook Live Chat for Holiday Food Safety

Today USDA’s first “Turkey Tweets” campaign takes flight. Every day until Friday, Nov. 27, the Food Safety and Inspection Service will send out a fresh turkey tip via Twitter, the popular instant messaging service. The tips help you prepare a successful and safe holiday meal.

Twitter users can follow the profile @USDAfoodsafety to read all the Turkey Tweets. The tips take you day by day through buying, freezing, refrigerating, thawing, preparing, roasting and serving the bird—and, of course, to storing and eating the leftovers.

You can find all the Turkey Tweets on Twitter by searching or clicking on the #turkeytweets hashtag.

Live Facebook Chat on Safe Turkey

One week from today FSIS’s food safety education staff introduces another innovative way to connect: A live Facebook chat with Diane Van of the Food Safety Education Service. She’ll answer questions about safe holiday food prep on the USDA Facebook page on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

You can ask questions during the chat or leave them in advance on the Live Chat page.

Twitter and Facebook Join USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline & Ask Karen Services

The new Turkey Tweets and Facebook Chat join two long-standing USDA holiday food safety outreach services:

  • The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline phone service, available daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, in English and Spanish. 1-888-674-6854 (Special Thanksgiving Day hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET)
  • The Ask Karen “virtual assistant” service, which provides answers to common food safety questions 24/7 at