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10 Turkey Myths That Could Ruin Your Thanksgiving

Reader's Digest Logo By Alyssa Jung of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 10: Experts say scrubbing down your bird is not only unnecessary, it could actually be harmful. You could splash disease-causing germs around your sink, countertop, utensils, and other food you may be preparing. The USDA says it's 'virtually impossible' to wash bacteria off a raw turkey; instead, the group advises cooks to wash their hands for 20 seconds after handling it. Find out why you should never cook a turkey in a bag.

Myth: Always wash the turkey thoroughly

Experts say scrubbing down your bird is not only unnecessary, it could actually be harmful. You could splash disease-causing germs around your sink, countertop, utensils, and other food you may be preparing. The USDA says it's 'virtually impossible' to wash bacteria off a raw turkey; instead, the group advises cooks to wash their hands for 20 seconds after handling it.

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