Thanksgiving at Eleven80

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It's Thanksgiving time and this year might look a little different. Instead of large gatherings, small gatherings of 4 people are the safest bet during public health issues. This may come with some challenges, but you can still have fun in small places. Here are some ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving at Eleven80.

Cooking Tips and Recipes

The main attraction of your feast is the turkey. Experts recommend choosing a size based upon the amount of guests you're having. For a whole turkey it's 1 lb. per person and turkey breasts it's a half pound per guest. For prepping, thaw your turkey in the refrigerator for less hand contact. A turkey defrosts at 4 pounds a day, where a 12-pound would need 3 days. Put the turkey in a roasting rack inside the pan, to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.

Safety in the Kitchen

As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal, start your day with clean hands, utensils, and cooking areas. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry with a paper towel. This step is great to clean surfaces between cooking meats and poultry. Keep meats and poultry separate from other side dishes to prevent cross-contamination, especially from ready-to-eat foods. Make sure your food is cooked thoroughly, where fully cooked turkey and stuffing have a temperature of 165 degrees. After enjoying your meal, put cooked food away after two hours, or packing your guest's doggy bag.

Online Black Friday Shopping

After your meal, check out the Black Friday sales online. Stores like Bath & Body Works and Kohl's email customers online specials. So, sign up today at their sites for the email list. If you're not into shopping, take a walk to Military Park, Newark's green jewel.

Keep these tips and information handy as you prepare your fun Thanksgiving. Start planning your guest list and menu now, so you can enjoy your day.

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