Your Holiday How-To: Keeping Hot Foods Hot and Cold Foods Cold

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The holidays are here, which means plenty of gatherings with family, friends and food! These get-together are usually fun-filled with catching up, laughter and occasional dancing, so don’t let food-borne illness crash your party. One of the best ways to keep foodborne illness off the guest list is to keep your food items at the proper temperatures while you enjoy your party.

What are the proper temperatures you may ask? To put it simply, hot foods must stay hot (above 140°F) and cold foods must stay cold (below 40°F). When foods are held between 40 and 140°F, bacteria can grow rapidly to levels that can cause you or your guests to get sick. This temperature range is called the “danger zone” and should be treated as a big party no-no.

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