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Prepare Your November Checklist Early 

Grab a couple of friends and join us for food, fun and painting at the Extension office on Friday, Nov. 17th, from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.  We will be painting a canvas of a country church (you can see a color picture on our Facebook page at MSU-Yalobusha County Extension Service.)  All supplies will be provided as well as a light meal.  Class is limited to 20 adult participants and the registration fee is $25.  The class will fill up fast so call or come by the Extension office to register at 675-2730.  Remember, you must pay the registration fee to be considered registered for class.

Remember our Healthy You exercise classes are free and meet every Monday and Wednesday from 9 until 9:45 a.m. This is a great time to exercise with a group, meet new people with the same goals as you.  Make sure to wear cool, comfortable clothes, good walking shoes and bring some water to drink. The health care professional will be here on Nov. 8 to check blood pressure and glucose.

The beginner yoga class will meet this Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. Make sure to bring a yoga mat and yoga blocks.

The Create MHV Club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. They will be making a snowman.  A picture of the project can be seen on our Facebook page at MSU-Yalobusha County Extension Service.  The cost of the project is $3.  Please let us know by Thursday, Nov. 9. If you would like to have supplies reserved.

The Loops of Love Crochet MHV club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m.  You will need to bring the yarn of your choice and a crochet hook.  This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn how to crochet, as well as a good time for more experienced people to get ideas for new projects or finish existing projects.  Our Save a Life collection date will be Nov. 16.


Early November Checklist


As we move into the month of November, our minds start thinking about Thanksgiving and all the related foods and details that need planning. Here are a couple things to think about early this month

• Is there room in your refrigerator for that turkey you’re going to thaw? It takes 24 hours for each pound of turkey to thaw in the refrigerator –that means if you have a 20 pound turkey you’ll need to get it into the refrigerator at least five days before you want to cook it.  This might be time to get that refrigerator cleaned out.  The same goes for the freezer, there are usually sales on whole turkeys just before or just after the holiday. Do you have space for an extra turkey at a great price? Even if you’re going to buy a fresh turkey, you’re still going to need refrigerator space for a day or two.

• Another somewhat related question…..Can you use that year-old turkey in your freezer for the holiday meal?   Technically, YES. Frozen turkeys will keep for a long time if held below zero degrees. They’re usually packed in air- and water-resistant plastic wraps that help prevent loss of quality during freezer storage.


The general recommendation for freezer storage is one year, if the food has been frozen that whole time. This is a quality recommendation and not a food safety deadline. I like to tell people to thaw and cook that year-old early in the month as a “trial run” because if it’s a year-old you probably haven’t cooked a whole turkey in a long time. This will give you practice and then purchase a new turkey for the holiday.  It isn’t necessary for safety, but you really want the best quality for your holiday meal. Remember FIFO—first in, first out.

• Find the food thermometer.  You may have an old meat thermometer rolling around in the back of your silverware drawer—these can be put in the food inside the oven. They work better than nothing.  A better bet would be to invest in a new instant-read thermometer. Digital ones are great and can be used for many different types of foods.

• Do you have an adequate roasting pan? Or gravy defatting cup? 

With these things out of the way, you can get on with the rest of the planning for your holiday meal. Sometimes when you get in the store you see so many ideas for side dishes, desserts, appetizers, and beverages that you can get overwhelmed and feel unprepared or make excessive purchases. It is a good idea to plan your menu, research and print your recipes, and stick to a shopping list.

Article Source: Communi-cating Food for Health retrieved 11.6.17

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