The food safety danger zone is when food temperatures get between 41 and 135 degrees, with the most rapid bacterial growth occurring between 70 and 125 degrees. The longer your food is in this temperature range, the higher its chances of spoiling due to bacterial growth. Food in this range must be able to enter the proper temperature zone within the span of two hours; if your kitchen is above 90 degrees, however, your food should not be in the danger zone for more than an hour. That’s why a balance of temperatures is important to prevent food spoilage. Preventive HVAC maintenance can help you keep your kitchen at the temperature required to avoid the food safety danger zone.
In this post Cafco Services, one of the best HVAC installation companies in the country, discusses how you can avoid the food safety danger zone.
Hot Holding Equipment
One of the methods of holding hot food is with hot holding equipment. This type of equipment is not designed to reheat food or bring it out of the danger zone. However, they are meant to hold hot food already at 140 degrees or higher. This is especially useful if you plan on serving a buffet to guests.
Covering the food will help maintain its temperature and keep contaminants out. A loss in temperature, along with outside elements, can help speed up the spoiling of the food, so it’s best to cover it as much as possible.
One of the ways you can avoid the food safety danger zone is by monitoring the food’s temperatures. You can use your HVAC thermometers for this and consistently monitor your refrigerator and freezer temperatures. To avoid any inaccuracies that could lead to food spoilage, you can always hire heating and air conditioner maintenance companies to conduct preventive maintenance on your thermometers and HVAC systems. You can also ask your contractor to clean and calibrate your thermometer for better accuracy.
Another method of holding hot food is to stir frequently, especially if you have soups that can easily spoil. Stirring helps evenly distribute heat throughout the food and stop the temperature from dropping.