How to properly store those holiday leftovers

The Department of Public Health wants to make sure everyone is storing their food properly this holiday season.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

Many people are now celebrating the holiday season with friends and loved ones.

The Department of Public Health wants to make sure that food is stored properly to prevent sickness.

Doctor Charles Ruis recommends all cooks wash hands thoroughly before preparing that delicious holiday meal.

He also says that it is vital to check the internal temperature of food before serving it.

According to Ruis, it is best to refrigerate leftovers immediately after consumption to avoid sickness.

"One of the things we think about is food safety during the holidays. Most people enjoy some good food around holiday times but, it's important to remember that food can be a source of sickness," said Ruis.

Ruis also recommends considering both the amount and type of food that is being served at the dinner table.

He says it is important for those with Diabetes, Heart Disease or Congestive Heart Failure to avoid over eating.

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