Tips to help safely serve food and leftovers

Foodborne illness will put an instant damper on holiday celebrations.

Practicing holiday food safety can reduce the chances of someone getting sick.

Preparing and Serving Food

“Do not let foods linger during preparation,” said Angela Treadaway, an Alabama Extension food safety and quality regional agent. “Cook them thoroughly and serve them promptly.”

Using warming trays, chafing dishes and crock pots can ensure hot foods stay at the correct temperature. Placing serving dishes on crushed ice can keep cold food cold.

According to Treadaway, it is crucial to keep food out of the ‘danger zone’ be...

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