Oakland County Thanksgiving Safety Tips

A beautiful, cooked turkey sits in the center of the table amidst of Thanksgiving dishes like stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Whether you’re a pro at hosting the Thanksgiving meal or this will be your very first time, it’s important to follow and practice food safety tips, especially when poultry and stuffing are involved.

Turkey:

Cooking a turkey requires planning and preparation; get started using these tips from the USDA.

  • Buy the turkey a few days before you plan to cook it.
  • Refrain from buying a pre-stuffed turkey.
  • Remember that thawing the turkey takes 24 hours in the refrigerator for every four to five pounds, and cold water thawing takes 30 minutes per pound.
  • Be sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking.
  • Set the oven temperature no lower than 325 ºF.
  • Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2-2 1/2 inches deep.
  • Cook stuffing in a casserole for optimum safety.
  • Check the internal temperature with a food thermometer and ensure it is at least 165 ºF.
  • Let the bird sit for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

Homemade Roasted Thanksgiving Day Turkey with all the Sides

Stuffing:

The Partnership for Food Safety Education has a special section devoted to stuffing in their Talking Turkey guide.

  • Cook all stuffing and dressing to a minimum temperature of 165 ºF, whether it is cooked inside or outside the bird. For optimum safety, cooking your stuffing in a casserole dish is recommended.
  • Prepare and put stuffing in the turkey immediately before it’s placed into the oven.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients for the stuffing separately and combine just before using.
  • Stuff the turkey loosely, about 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey.
  • Bake any extra stuffing in a greased casserole dish.

Need more tips for preparing your feast? Call Butterball’s hotline at 800-288-8372, text them at 844-877-3456, or visit their website. Check out the Oakland County Health Division website for additional food safety tips.

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Halloween Candy and More at Doc Sweets’ in Oakland County

Halloween is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to visit Doc Sweets’ Candy Company. Doc Sweets’ is Michigan’s largest retail candy store, and they have the stock to prove it. Familiar favorites like Sanders and Wonka sit alongside classics like Zagnut and Jujubes. Fully prepared for the Halloween season, they offer a wide variety of candy fit for this time of year, from bulk containers filled with Candy Corn, Jelly Pumpkins, and Mellowcreme Harvest Mix, to wrapped chocolates meant to look like happy pumpkins or spooky skeletons. They even have treats like real bugs that are farm raised and seasoned like potato chips.

Take a look at our preview of this huge candy shop in Clawson:

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Vote for Pontiac in the #VoteYourMainStreet Competition – The Only Finalist in Oakland County and Michigan!

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A nationally recognized historic district and thriving Pontiac, Michigan neighborhood needs your participation to win part of $2 million in funds from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The funds will help revitalize this important historical neighborhood.

One of just 20 finalists across the United States, the GM Modern Housing Legacy Homes project stands to benefit from the Vote Your Main Street campaign, going on now through October 26th, 2018.

Participation is easy. Anyone passionate about preserving part of Michigan’s automotive heritage can simply visit voteyourmainstreet.org/pontiac to create a login and password, or connect through Facebook, and then vote every day—up to five times—to bring home the funds.

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Get Scared at Erebus Haunted Attraction in Oakland County

A red colored demon comes out of a brick wall holding a sign that says "EREBUS". A mural of flames rises up behind the demon and gargoyles stand perched on each side of the demon.

Oakland County is home to one of the scariest places in Michigan: the Erebus Haunted Attraction. Located in downtown Pontiac, this four-story venue is 30,000 square feet of frightening fun, making it one of the largest walk-through haunted attractions in the world.

Check out our video below for a sneak peek of the Erebus Haunted Attraction:

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