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How to Clean a Turkey

Watch more Food Preparation Tips, Tricks, & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to clean a turkey using these hints and get Thanksgiving off to the right start. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Remove neck and giblets Reach inside the neck cavity and remove the neck and giblets. Save them for stock before the cooking starts. Tip If you can feel ice on the inside of the turkey, set it in cold water until it has completely thawed. Step 2: Rinse it Rinse and clean the turkey thoroughly under cold running water, turning and rubbing to get every part, inside and out. Step 3: Dry and drain Dry the turkey with clean kitchen or paper towels. Set the carcass cavity down so that it drains into the sink. Step 4: Wash everything Wash anything that might have come into contact with the bird after you clean it -- utensils, cutting boards, and your counter top. Tip Be cautious not to touch or put any cooked food on a plate that held the raw turkey. Step 5: Scrub your hands Avoid touching any surface in the kitchen before scrubbing your hands and forearms to be sure nothing is cross-contaminated. Step 6: Cook the bird Cook and serve your bird, and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Did You Know? In 1939, President Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up one week, to the third week of November, to lengthen the Christmas shopping season.
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