This is how to know when your Thanksgiving turkey is done

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you might be wondering -- what temperature should my turkey be when it’s done?

The answer is a little complex. Up until 2008, the USDA recommended cooking turkey to an internal temperature of 180 degrees, but now the FDA suggests a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. This is because salmonella can’t withstand temperatures above 160 degrees after 30 seconds.

However this doesn’t take in account the fact that breasts cook slower than thighs. So if you want to play it safe, Butterball recommends cooking the breast to 165 degrees and the thigh to 180 degrees.

The USDA also recommends not stuffing a turkey and preparing the stuffing ahead of time because the middle of the bird is very porous and the juices that may contain salmonella will soak into the stuffing, meaning the stuffing itself would also have to reach a temperature of 165 degrees.

For more on how to perfectly cook your turkey, watch the video above!

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The best and worst Thanksgiving foods for your health

BEST: White turkey meat

Nutrition (per 3 oz. serving): 115 calories and 7 grams of fat

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WORST: Dark turkey meat

Nutrition (per 3 oz. serving): 160 calories and 11 grams of fat

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BEST: Green bean casserole

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 161 calories, 9 g fat 

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WORST: Sweet potato casserole

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 285 calories, 5 g fat 

BEST: Dinner roll with dollop of butter

Nutrition (1 roll): 140 calories and 4.5 g fat

WORST: Stuffing

Nutrition (per 3/4 cup serving): 371 calories and 19 g of fat 

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BEST: Gravy

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 30 calories and 1.5 g fat

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WORST: Cranberry jelly

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup serving): 110 calories and 0 g fat

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BEST: Pumpkin pie

Nutrition (per slice -- 1/8 of a 9 inch pie): 316 calories and 14 g of fat

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WORST: Apple pie

Nutrition (per slice -- 1/8 of a 9 inch pie): 411 calories and 19 g of fat

BEST: Brussel sprouts 

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 56 calories and 4 g protein

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WORST: Mashed potatoes with whole milk and margarine

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 237 calories and 9 g of fat

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BEST: Cooked spinach

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 41 calories and 5 g of protein

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WORST: Corn bread

Nutrition (1 piece -- around 60 oz.): 198 calories and 9 g of fat

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BEST: Corn with a pat of butter

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving): 95 calories and 5 g of fiber

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WORST: Mac and cheese

Nutrition (per 1 cup of serving): 310 calories and 9 g of fat

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