LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It's a mad dash at grocery stores, with millions of people getting ready for Thanksgiving.
If you're already prepping, it's important to follow safety guidelines when it comes to cooking the turkey.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says safely thawing your turkey is just as important as cooking it the right way.
You can thaw your turkey by placing it in the refrigerator, microwave or in a sink with cold water. It's important to remember to change the water every 30 minutes.
Avoid leaving your turkey out for longer than two hours, as the temperature inside the turkey will settle to around 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is when bacteria is able to grow rapidly.