Thanksgiving Turkey Safety and Bonus Recipe!

by Dustin Marshall, Executive Chef, MediLodge of Montrose

Turkey Safety

MediLodge of MontroseYou can enjoy a traditional stuffed turkey this Thanksgiving as long as you follow these easy steps. Have a large enough workspace to prepare your bird. If you don’t have a cutting board big enough, use an unscented trash bag to put under your bird. Stuffing a bird is safe as long as you cook the stuffing to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F or greater. Remember that if you stuff your bird do not rely on the pop-up thermometer. That will only show that the breast meat has reached the correct temperature, not the entire bird. Finally, many people wash the turkey before baking. Washing the turkey is unsafe because it could potentially splash salmonella onto other surfaces. Baking the turkey to the correct temperature will kill any germs so please do not risk contamination by rinsing it. To always have a foolproof juicy turkey all you have to do is brine your bird a day ahead and you can cook it in a roasting bag for perfect results!

Here is a wonderful fall treat that is easy to make at home! If you prefer, you can substitute tea for the coffee.

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

MediLodge of Montrose

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Ingredients: (12 oz)

• 2 ounces Milk

• 1 tsp Pumpkin Spice

• 1 tsp Brown Sugar

• 2 ounces Carmel

• 7 ounces Coffee

• Whipped Topping

• Caramel for topping


Place the milk in the cup, then the coffee. Add the pumpkin spice, caramel and sugar with a spoon and mix. Top with whipped topping, then with caramel drizzle.


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MediLodge of Montrose

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