Should I wash the turkey before cooking it?

Eat at your own risk.

Ellen Steinberg is a discerning dinner guest. As a food safety specialist with the Georgia Department of Education's School Nutrition Program, she can't help but notice hosts who don't wash their hands, cats that aren't shooed off the counter and cooks who don't use a food thermometer. At restaurants, too, she's tempted to visit the bathroom before ordering. "If the bathroom isn't clean," she reasons, "chances are the back of the house isn't either." But for those of us who aren't food safety experts, how to prepare, handle and store food properly isn't second nature. U.S. News asked Steinberg and other pros to serve up answers to all the questions you are too embarrassed to ask.

%vine-url="https://vine.co/v/5tEW5FrlLxI"%

Click through to learn more about Thanksgiving food safety:

FindTheData Graphiq

Copyright 2016 U.S. News & World Report