A new study suggests that marinating your holiday bird in a white cranberry brine and/or basting with white cranberry juice and other seasonings may prevent foodbourne illness.
While it is suggested that poultry be cooked to an internal temperature of 165, some people neglect to check the temperature and by adding cranberry juice, you can reduce the amount of bacteria and serve your guests a safer meal.
The researchers believe that the chemical compounds found in cranberries including color pigments and flavor compounds along with the berries natural acid combine to form a natural bacteria killer.
I love cranberries. Wouldn't dream of having turkey without some. I think a marinade might not suit the taste of all guests, but will definitely consider adding cranberries to the roasting pot and use the juices to baste.