Food Safety Tips For Leftovers And Takeout
Leftovers can be a valuable item for busy families. They can be used for quick and healthy lunches at the office as well as busy weeknight meals. Here are a few important tips for food handling and storage tips for in home prepared leftovers as well as take home leftovers.
COOLING YOUR FOODS
- Reduce the size of the containers and place under refrigeration uncovered until cooled to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your pot or pan in an ice bath (surrounded by ice) and stir routinely before placing under refrigeration.
- Add ice as an ingredient for cooling (example: if a recipe calls for water add it in ice form for recipes such as soups.
- Cut large pieces of meat into smaller portions for proper cooling and separate them for proper cooling.
- For very large pots a cooling paddle can be utilized. This is recommended if you routinely cook large portions of food product.
- Take your food product from 135 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit within 2 hours and from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 41 degrees or below Fahrenheit within 4 hours.
DATE YOUR PRODUCTS
PROPERLY REHEAT ALL FOOD PRODUCTS