A poll shows that more than three-quarters of Irish people don’t know the correct temperature to cook a turkey.
Among respondents in the Republic of Ireland, 27 percent were concerned about not overcooking the turkey and making sure it was safe to eat, while 7 percent were concerned about overcooking and serving it dry.
The survey was commissioned by Safefood with Empathy Research. It was conducted online in November across a nationally representative sample of 1,036 adults over the age of 18.
Previous safe food research found that people were unsure when asked what temperature turkey should be cooked, with responses ranging from 30 to 260 degrees Celsius (86 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). According to the USDA, the safe cooking temperature for all poultry products is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Whether you’re thawing frozen turkey or storing thawed turkey, it should be kept on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so that no drips drip onto other foods and spread germs. Turkey or chicken should not be rinsed because it only spreads bacteria around the kitchen. Proper cooking will destroy bacteria and other pathogens.
Promote the use of meat thermometers
Research has shown that ownership of meat thermometers is increasing and that the mass Christmas campaign encourages people to use a meat thermometer when eating turkey, poultry, or any meat product that needs to be cooked all the way through.
Other tips and advice include how long to thaw frozen turkey, how big a bird you may need, and how to safely handle leftovers.
Christmas dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, said Gary Kearney, director of food science at Safefood.
“If there’s one item you want to bring into the Christmas kitchen, it’s a foolproof meat thermometer. Take the turkey out of the oven and place the thermometer in the thickest part between the leg and the breast. When it reaches 75°C (167°F), it’s tender and ready to eat.” Using a meat thermometer adds an extra layer of reassurance.”
While turkey and pork remained the main cooked meat on Christmas Day at 72 percent and 60 percent, respectively, 17 percent of people would cook beef, 16 percent would cook chicken and 8 percent would eat Christmas dinner Meat-free, according to survey results.
Gareth Mullins, chef at The Marker and an ambassador for the Safefood campaign, said cooking during the holiday season can be challenging.
“Cooking Christmas dinner may be, for some, the most stressful meal of the year as you want it to be as delicious as possible, but with so many different ingredients and timings to manage, it can be challenging. So, I encourage anyone who is cooking Christmas dinner this year. On buying a meat thermometer, Mullins said, “It’s affordable, easy to use and a fail-safe way to make sure your meat is cooked.”
Northern Ireland results
Nearly 80 percent of home cooks in Northern Ireland also don’t know the correct temperature to cook turkey, according to Safefood research.
The survey of more than 300 adults in Northern Ireland showed that more than half of home cooks were concerned about overcooking turkey while 37 percent were concerned about serving it dry and 20 percent about undercooking the turkey and not being safe to eat. .
Cooking turkey for Christmas can frustrate even the most confident home cook, said Linda Gordon, senior food science specialist at Safefood.
To help you cook the perfect roast turkey this year, without any guesswork, make sure you have a foolproof meat thermometer in your Christmas kitchen. Whatever cooking method, appointments, or recipes you use; you’ll know your turkey is cooked and ready to eat when you take it out From the oven and place a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat between the breast and the leg and it reaches 75 degrees Celsius (167 degrees Fahrenheit),” Gordon said.
Safefood teamed up with radio host Jordan Humphreys and local chef Ben Arnold on the campaign.
“The most important thing is to enjoy your day, so don’t stress yourself out too much to cook overly complicated recipes. Plan everything in advance and stick to this plan. Use a meat thermometer and eliminate the guesswork of cooking Christmas turkey – it really adds that extra layer of… It will help you avoid serving food that hasn’t been cooked properly and make Christmas memorable for all the wrong reasons,” Humphries and Arnold said.
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