Who doesn’t love a little party? We were thrilled to host a baby shower at our place last weekend. (Can that be my excuse for a delayed post?) A few foodie facts to remember when putting out a spread:
- Pay attention to food temperatures. Hot foods should be served hot, cold foods cold. Food left between the temperatures of 40F – 140F is at risk of fastest bacterial growth. That’s why the temp range 40-140F is often referred to as “The Danger Zone.”
- Be mindful of how long food is left out. Refrigerated food shouldn’t be left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. Leaving food at room temperature for too long can cause bacteria to grow at dangerous levels.
- Any leftovers? Consume all properly-stored leftovers within 3-4 days.
Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service http://www.fsis.usda.gov