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The Kendall County Health Department is reminding everyone to keep their hands and cooking surfaces clean when cooking the Thanksgiving meal Thursday.

Health Department Executive Director RaeAnn VanGundy says it's important to keep different kinds of foods separate while preparing the meal.

How long to cook the turkey depends on the size of the bird. VanGundy says to use a meat thermometer to be sure everything is fully cooked. That means 180 degrees in the side and 170 degrees in the breast or stuffing.

If anyone has questions on Thanksgiving about cooking a turkey, VanGundy says the turkey company Butter Ball has online resources and a phone number to call.

Leftovers can be left in the fridge for three to four days and should be thoroughly reheated before anyone eats them.