Enjoy your holiday buffet safely
Holiday foods with family and friends.
Everyone enjoys the variety of foods presented at a holiday buffet with the warm company of family and friends, it is when everyone brings their favorite or best family recipe. This is also when we need to be thinking about keeping food safe. At this time of year, when it is cold outside, it is hard to think of food spoiling because it was left out too long or because it was not kept hot or cold. It is just as much a safety issue in the winter as in the summer months.
Michigan State University Extension reminds you of some everyday simple tips:
- Keep hot dishes hot, 135 degrees or warmer
- Keep cold dishes cold, 41 degrees or colder
- Keep extra foods in the appropriate place - refrigerator (40 degrees) or oven (200-250 degrees)
- Serve cold dishes on a shallow bowl of ice
- Serve hot dishes in chafing dishes, slow cookers or warming trays
- The two hour rule - throw food out after it has been on the buffet for two hours
- Place small amounts of food out and refill often