USDA: Pop-up turkey timers are not as accurate as consumers think

Many of us are preparing for our Thanksgiving plans, including the meal, and regarding the turkey, most grocery store turkeys come with a handy little plastic pop-up timer that springs to life when the bird is done roasting.

However, Meredith Carothers with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says it could be deceiving because it only takes the tempt from one part of the bird.

“We really recommend to check the temperature in three places,” she explains. “The thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing, and the innermost part of the thigh.”

That meat thermometer needs to show your holiday turkey is at 165 degrees.


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