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How you can cook dinner Thanksgiving meal safely, and what to do if energy goes out – Boca Raton’s Most Dependable Information Supply

In case your turkey is within the oven however not carried out but and the facility goes out — sorry, you shouldn’t eat that chicken. (Melina Hammer/The New York Instances)

It has been almost 40 years for the reason that notorious 1983 Thanksgiving Windstorm. However that does not imply fears of an influence outage whereas the turkey is roasting have gone away.

That 12 months, winds gusting as much as 70 mph swept by means of Western Washington, tearing off roofs and slicing energy to 270,000 houses within the area. One insurance coverage dealer, recalling a vacation dinner catastrophe, stated each the potatoes and turkey had been nonetheless cooking when the facility went out. His night was spent ingesting wine and consuming pie.

The episode was repeated in Western Washington in 1991 when 60 mph winds put 40,000 households out of energy on Turkey Day.

Fortunately this 12 months, the Nationwide Climate Service is anticipating a sunny Thanksgiving Day in Seattle with a excessive of 54 levels. Nevertheless, windy and wet days usually are not uncommon for the Emerald Metropolis in November — regardless of a record-breaking Seattle dry spell to start out the month. There is a 30% to 50% probability of rain Thursday night by means of Friday.

In any case, listed here are some meals security suggestions from the US Division of Agriculture and the Washington State Division of Well being to offer you some peace of thoughts.

What to do with meals throughout an influence outage:

In line with DOH, the most important meals security concern ought to be for meats, eggs, dairy merchandise, cooked greens and lower melon.

  • Hold observe of when the outage started and the way lengthy it lasted. An influence outage of two hours or much less just isn’t hazardous to meals that was beneath secure circumstances when the outage started.
  • Cease utilizing fuel or strong gas cooking gear if the exhaust hood stops working to keep away from buildup of poisonous fumes.
  • Throw away meals which are within the technique of being cooked however haven’t reached their last cooking temperature.
  • Hold fridge and freezer doorways closed as a lot as potential. Hold uncooked meats away from different kinds of meals.
  • Encompass meals with ice. If you’re utilizing dry ice, know that it might trigger an unsafe buildup of carbon dioxide.
  • Don’t put scorching meals within the fridge or freezer.

What to do after an influence outage:

  • Test the temperature of all cold and hot probably hazardous meals.
  • The US Division of Agriculture has a information for particular meals in the event that they had been refrigerated throughout the outage. For an instance, casseroles and stuffing ought to be discarded after two hours if held above 40 levels Fahrenheit.
  • Seek the advice of tables from DOH on whether or not to maintain or throw away the meals. Relying on whether or not the meals was scorching on the time of the outage, the size of the outage and what temperature the meals is, a few of it might be OK to eat.

Chilly meals

Hours energy is out 45ºF or under 46ºF to 50ºF 51ºF or above
0-2 okay okay okay
2-4 okay okay X
>4 okay X X

OK = Meals secure, so long as it was 41ºF or much less when the facility went out. Instantly cool meals to 41ºF or much less

X = Meals could also be unsafe

Supply: Washington state Division of Well being

scorching meals

Hours energy is out 130ºF or above 129ºF or under
0-2 okay okay
2-4 okay X
>4 X X

OK = Meals secure, so long as it was 41ºF or much less when the facility went out. Instantly cool meals to 41ºF or much less

X = Meals could also be unsafe

supply: Washington state Division of Well being

Thanksgiving-specific meals security suggestions:

  • Wash your palms completely with cleaning soap earlier than, throughout and after dealing with meals.
  • Clear and sanitize any surfaces (counters, sinks and stoves) which have touched uncooked turkey and its juices, and can later contact different meals.
  • Keep away from cross-contamination between uncooked meat and poultry with ready-to-eat meals by utilizing separate slicing boards. Do not rinse uncooked poultry within the sink; it can splash micro organism.
  • Do not thaw turkey in scorching water or at room temperature. Thaw it within the fridge, chilly water and even within the microwave.
  • Test that the inner temperature of the turkey is at the least 165.
  • The USDA recommends towards stuffing your turkey since it may possibly result in micro organism development. Nevertheless, for those who do, put together moist and dry components for stuffing individually and refrigerate till prepared to make use of. Combine simply earlier than filling the chicken, and stuff loosely — about ¾ cup of stuffing per pound. Instantly cook dinner the ready turkey at no decrease than 325 levels.

Obtained a burning scorching meals security query? The USDA additionally has a meat and poultry hotline at 888-674-6854 and MPHotline@usda.gov. The hotline will even be open on Thanksgiving Day, although solely from 5 am to 11 am PST.

Amanda Zhou: 206-464-2508 or azhou@seattletimes.com; Twitter: @AmondoZhou. Amanda Zhou covers afternoon breaking information and enterprise for The Seattle Instances.

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