Summer is the best time for parties, BBQ’s, cookouts, etc. most of which include tons of food. The warm weather is also the best time for bacteria to multiply. Leaving food out for your parties can potentially put your food in the danger zone. The danger zone is the temperature, between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria multiply quickly. Below are a few ways to keep your food out of the danger zone.
- Keep cold food at 40°F by leaving it in the refrigerator or putting it on ice.
- Keep hot food at 140°F with chafing dishes or slow cookers.
- When reheating cooked food in the microwave, the oven, or on the stove top it must reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
- Perishable foods left at room temperature will go bad after two hours.
A great use of a kiddie pool we’ve seen is to place it on a sturdy table, fill it half-way with ice, and set all of your cold foods in the kiddie pool. Just be sure to poke a drainage hole in the bottom, preferably near some plants, so your food doesn’t go swimming!
We hope you are all having a terrific summer, and be sure to always drink plenty of water!