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Around the Home: Serving up a safe turkey for Thanksgiving
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The Thanksgiving dinner countdown clock has reached less than 10 days.

Don’t stress out if you need help with your turkey and the fixings such as stuffing.

You can call the Butterball Turkey hotline at 1-800-Butterball (800-288-8372) or visit

The phone line will be open various hours through Dec. 24. Check the website for details. The company also offers an app.

Make sure you keep your food safe at home and as you travel during the holiday week. Visit the website for food handling, cooking and storage tips.

Click on the “Safe Food Handling” tab, and then click on “Safety in All Seasons.”

You’ll find information listed under “Thanksgiving Food Safety from Shopping to Leftovers.” Also, the USDA has tips for the holidays and more at

Here are some additional tips from UGA extension:

  • A “sell-by” date indicates how long the turkey should be displayed in the store. The turkey should be purchased before the “sell-by” date.
  • The “best if used by” date is only a quality measure and isn’t related to the safety of the food.
  • The “use-by” date indicates the last day the turkey should be used. This is a quality measure and not necessarily an indication of safety.
  • It is recommended whole turkey be kept in the freezer no longer than 12 months.
  • While there is no safety risk in holding a turkey in the freezer for longer than 12 months, the quality of the turkey may be less than desirable.
  • Fresh whole turkeys can safely stay in the refrigerator for one to two days, or according to the date on the manufacturer’s packaging.

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A friendly reminder: UGA Extension’s Zero Weight Gain Holiday Challenge begins Nov. 23.

Food fans will receive free healthy tips plus low-calorie recipes.

Visit for more details and information.

Sandra Stringer is a nutrition educator with the UGA Extension office in Hall County. Call her at 770-535-8290. Her column appears biweekly on Wednesdays and on

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