Keep food, cooking safe this Thanksgiving holiday | News

McDONOUGH — Whether you’re going with a traditional Thanksgiving meal or trying something a little different this year, it remains paramount that food be cooked and stored properly before and after the big celebration.

Thawing and cooking the bird

According to, there are three ways to safely to defrost your turkey. The first is to store it in the refrigerator for one to two days. Allow approximately 24 hours of thawing time for every 4-5 pounds. Keep the turkey in its original wrapper and place a pan to catch any juices that may leak.

The second is to submerge the turkey in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes, approximately 30 minutes per pound. A bird weighing 4 to 12 pounds should soak between two to six hours; 12-16 pounds between six to eight hours; 16-20 pounds between eight to 10 hours; and 20-24 pounds between 10

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Hornell food truck Biggie’s Burritos founded by former tacher

Adam Eason has always loved food and cooking. Starting with selling backyard barbecue to family and friends, his passion has grown into a new business venture with the creation of Biggie’s Burritos, Bowls, and Tacos food truck in Hornell.

Less than a year ago, Eason was teaching second grade at Wayland-Cohocton Middle School. As a result of his love of cooking, his wife’s support and how the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic shifted schools to an online learning format, he decided to follow a different path.

“I just needed a change,” Eason recalled. “The remote learning really took a toll on me. It wasn’t what I signed up for. I loved being in the classroom and teaching the kids. I loved that aspect and the pandemic stole that from me and everyone else.”

That set off a journey that would end with the founding of Biggie’s Burritos, something that

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