Lesson 2e - Serving

Keep hot foods hot ... Cold foods cold!

Purple Plate

Choose a serving style that will allow food to be served as quickly as possible, while maintaining temperatures below 41°F (4°C) or above 135°F (60°C).

  • Wash hands with soap and water before serving or eating food.
  • Don't leave potentially hazardous foods, raw or cooked, at room temperature longer than necessary and NEVER longer than 2 hours.
  • Keep hot foods above 135°F (60°C) and cold foods below 41°F (4°C).
  • Use designated utensils for each item.
  • Keep batches of food items separate.
  • For gatherings of large groups with self-service, place small amounts of product on the buffet at a time. The rest can be kept cold or hot, and the buffet replenished as needed.
  • Products that have been served to guests should not be reused.
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