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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Take-Out and Delivered Foods

Take-Out and Delivered Foods
In today’s busy world, take-out and delivered foods are experiencing runaway popularity. No matter what the occasion, more and more people are relying on others to prepare their foods.
To keep hot foods hot, keep them at 140 degrees F or above.   Cold foods must be kept at 40 degrees F or below.  Bacteria grow rapidly between 40 and 140 degrees F.  Discard all perishable foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and casseroles, left at room temperature longer than two hours, one hour in temperatures above 90 degrees F.
Once food is cooked it should be held hot at an internal temperature of 140 degrees F or above.  Just keeping food warm (between 40 and 140 degrees F) is not safe.  Use a food thermometer to monitor the internal temperature of the food.  A preheated oven, chafing dishes, preheated warming trays, or slow cookers may be used.  If you plan to eat at a later time, take-out or delivered food should be divided into smaller portions or pieces, placed in shallow containers, and refrigerated.
Keep cold foods cold on the buffet table or at a picnic by nesting serving dishes of food in bowls of ice.  Use small platters and replace them with fresh refrigerated platters of food often, rather than adding fresh food to a serving dish already on the table.
Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in shallow containers.  Wrap or cover food.  In refrigerated storage at 40 degrees F or below, cooked meat or poultry can be stored three to four days, pizza three to four days, and egg/tuna/macaroni salads for three to five days.


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