Here at Red Bird Farms, the kitchen is the most popular room at the office. All employees love to eat, and we’ve found that many of our best ideas and brain storming takes place in this room. Unfortunately, the kitchen is also the place where food safety can be the most at jeopardy.
We want to help your family stay well fed and healthy.
Cook chicken to 165° Fahrenheit (use a thermometer to measure internal temperature). A good oven temperature to roast a chicken is between 375-400*. Try to keep humidity out of your oven for better results!
Check out this video on how to keep your kitchen safe and clean!
Store fresh chicken between 30-36.* This temperature will maximize shelf life and keep your chicken nice, juicy, and bacteria free.
If you must freeze your Red Bird chicken, then be sure to remove the chicken from the tray pack and place into a plastic bag. The atmosphere in the tray packs has oxygen, so it will cause freezer burn.
Grocery bag on counter
Did you know that a large part of cross contamination occurs in reusable grocery bags? Make sure you clean your bags and also bag your raw meats separately from produce.
Use separate cutting boards for raw and cooked items. Also, be sure to have separate cutting boards for chicken, fish, meats and produce.
Keep separate plates for cooked and raw chicken.
Wash your hands often and thoroughly. 1 in 6 Americans get food poisoning each year, and much of that
illness can be avoided with proper hygiene. Wash your hands between handling different items, after using the restroom, and regularly throughout the cook process.
Keep separate knives for separate items. Also, keep knives sharp. You’re less likely to slip and cut yourself with sharp knives (rather than dull). Keep your chicken cuts clean and safe.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP A FRESH TURKEY IN THE FRIDGE?
The use or freeze by date on the turkey serves as a guideline. Yet the temperature at which the turkey is stored will greatly affect shelf life. Make sure your fridge is 36° F or cooler. Also, the coolest place in a fridge is usually the bottom towards the back. Keep your turkey in this cool place and it will stay fresh until the use/freeze by date on the label. Try to avoid freezing a Red Bird turkey as it will be a little less juicy after it's been frozen. Finally, we always recommend doing the "smell test" on ALL of your perishable goods...your nose knows best!
Did you freeze your turkey?
Click on this link for some pointers on defrosting your turkey and safe shelf life practices for frozen meat!
For more information on food safety, please visit: http://www.foodsafety.org