The Food Safety Danger Zone: Preventing Hot Food Spoilage

If you’re in the food industry, you’ve likely heard the term “food safety danger zone” before. For the uninitiated, this is the temperature danger zone that causes rapid bacterial growth to occur, leading to spoiled food. The longer the food sits in this temperature range, the more likely it is to become dangerous and unfit for consumption. Thankfully, however, there are ways to get around this.

Cafco Services, one of the area’s most trusted HVAC installation companies, outlines the methods you can use to prevent hot food from spoiling in today’s post.

Keep Food Covered

In between portioning out servings, make sure to keep the food covered as much as possible. This will help maintain the food’s temperature and prevent contaminants from coming into contact with the food.

Prevent Cross-Contamination

Some people make the mistake of mixing freshly prepared food with food that’s already being held for service. As much as possible, avoid doing this, as it leaves the food vulnerable to cross-contamination, which in turn can lead to spoiled food.

Hot Side Equipment

The use of hot side equipment like food warmers, ovens and heat lamps is a popular method of keeping food fresh and out of the food safety danger zone. It’s important to make sure any hot side equipment you use stays in top shape at all times. In this way you’ll be able to maintain ideal temperatures, thus preventing bacterial growth and the inevitable spoilage. HVAC repair professionals like those at Cafco Services can help you with this by regularly conducting preventive maintenance on your hot side equipment to repair any damage before it can cause major problems

Stirring

Alternatively, frequently stirring the food will more evenly distribute the heat, which will in turn help keep it out of the food safety danger zone.

Simplify your search for heating and air conditioning maintenance companies by turning to Cafco Services. As the leading provider of commercial refrigeration and hot side equipment services, we’re here to make sure all your needs are met. Give us a call at (513) 906-6105 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Talk to us today!