Thanksgiving Food Truths and Myths We Just Can't Shake

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So enjoy it in moderation, but make sure more of it ends up in your stomach than on your face.

Salmonella from Turkey Stuffing

This statement sounds more fishy than turkey, but the truth is, it could actually happen.

Stuffing a turkey while raw or not fully cooked can contaminate the stuffing with bacteria like salmonella. Heat can kill some of the bacteria, but because the stuffing is hidden inside the turkey, some of it may not reach the 160 degrees needed to kill off the bacteria.

"If it does reach that temperature then the bird could be overdone," said Ayoob.

While the salmonella risk can be staved off if the stuffing is warm when added to the turkey, you may end up having another problem on your hands.

"But all the turkey fat drips into the stuffing," said Ayoob. "Do we really need another source of fat in a Thanksgiving meal side dish?"

Cook the stuffing and turkey separately, marry them later, and the problem will be solved, he said.

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