Do You Know Summer Food Safety? Part 3

Our second last Friday before summer comes. There is no better time to wrap up our summer food safety series! This week, we look into how food should be served.

Now we know how to get the food to the picnic spot (read more here). We even know how to cook the ingredients properly (read more here). But now comes the important part. The eating!

So when you are serving food in the sweltering outdoors, consider:

  • Perishable food should not sit out for more than two hours. In hot weather (above 32 °c), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.
  • Serve cold food in small portions, and keep the rest in the cooler. After cooking meat and poultry on the grill, keep it hot until served – at 60 °C or warmer.
  • Keep hot food hot by setting it to the side of the grill rack, not directly over the coals where they could overcook.
  • Always use separate plates and equipment to handle raw foods.
  • Make sure there are plenty of serving utensils so each dish has a serving spoon or serving fork and no cross-contamination occurs.

Now you are summer ready! What are things you need to pack to your next picnic? What is something you need to regularly do so you can keep your friends and family safe?

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