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Remove neck and giblets
Reach inside the neck cavity and remove the neck and giblets. Save them for stock before the cooking starts.
Rinse and clean the turkey thoroughly under cold running water, turning and rubbing to get every part, inside and out.
Dry and drain
Dry the turkey with clean kitchen or paper towels. Set the carcass cavity down so that it drains into the sink.
Wash anything that might have come into contact with the bird after you clean it -- utensils, cutting boards, and your counter top.
Scrub your hands
Avoid touching any surface in the kitchen before scrubbing your hands and forearms to be sure nothing is cross-contaminated.
Cook the bird
Cook and serve your bird, and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.