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An expert offers tips on how to keep food safe during a buffet

8 May 2016 | 03:11 pm
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What is the minimum temperature at which hot foods on a buffet should be maintained?

The ideal temperature to maintain foods is 60 - 65 Degree Celsius / 140- 145 F.

When holding foods for service, such as on a buffet line, always remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Hot-holding equipment must be able to keep foods at a temperature of 135ºF or higher

When holding hot foods for service, observe the following guidelines:

• Stir the food at regular intervals, as it will help distribute heat evenly throughout the food.

• Keep the food covered as covering will help retain heat and eliminate potential contaminates from falling into the food.

• Use a food thermometer to measure the food’s internal temperature every two hours.

• Discard any hot food after four hours if it has not been maintained at a temperature of 135ºF or higher.

Other safety precautions regarding hot-holding foods include never using hot-holding equipment to reheat foods. Foods to be reheated should first be heated to an internal temperature of 165ºF and then transferred to the hot-holding equipment. Also, never mix freshly prepared food with foods being held for service as this practice can result in contaminated foods.

Info courtesy: Shugufta M. Zubair, Food Awarness Officer, Food Safety Department, Dubai Municipality