Submitted by Denise Derrer of BOAH from (FightBac.org)
Once you've selected your menu and collected all the recipes, purchase all non-perishables ahead of time (Check the local newspaper and web sites for holiday food coupons and grocery store bargains!)
Shop for fresh items (perishables) on your final shopping trip.
Remember to order your turkey in advance! A frozen turkey should be timed for pickup so it can go straight into the refrigerator to thaw. Plan on 24 hours for each 4-1/2 pounds of whole turkey. A fresh turkey should only be picked up one or two days in advance.
The Partnership for Food Safety Education is your resource for promoting food safety this Holiday season. Holidayfoodsafety.org is a free, go-to resource for consumers.