University of Illinois Extension
November 29, 2012

Drusilla Banks, Nutrition and Family Wellness Educator talks with Host Richard Hentschel about holiday food myths and food safety. It is not the turkey that makes you tired, it is the 3,500 to 10,000 calories we consume at those big family holiday meals. It takes a lot of energy to digest that much food when our bodies are used to much smaller meals.

Fresh pumpkin pie filling is a double edged sword. You may be able to taste the difference, but getting the firmness and consistency for a pie will be harder. Color is also something to consider fresh pumpkin will not have that darker color compared to fresh. Do those pop up thermometers really work or are they a good guide? We should confirm with a thermometer. Is a hen better than tom turkey? It is really about the amount of meat on the bird and second is the age of the bird.

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