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Food Safety for Seniors: Cooling Hot Food. \_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_\_ County Cooperative Extension Service. Why cool food quickly?. Bacteria grows quickly at warm temperatures (40 o F to 140 o F) Some increase in number Some produce a toxin May cause illness if the food is eaten. The Danger Zone.

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food safety for seniors cooling hot food

Food Safety for Seniors:Cooling Hot Food

___________ County Cooperative Extension Service

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

why cool food quickly
Why cool food quickly?
  • Bacteria grows quickly at warm temperatures (40oF to 140oF)
    • Some increase in number
    • Some produce a toxin
  • May cause illness if the food is eaten

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

the danger zone
The Danger Zone
  • 40oF to 140oF
  • Less than two hours
    • Cumulative

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

cooling large amounts
Cooling large amounts
  • Large amounts of food in big pots cool slowly when:
    • Pot is full
    • Food is thick
    • Lid is on tight

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option 1 divide food
Option 1: divide food
  • Divide food into shallow, metal pans
  • Cover with plastic wrap
  • Refrigerate
  • Stir occasionally
  • Check temperature of food

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option 2 ice bath
Option 2: ice bath
  • Fill sink with cold water and ice
  • Set pot in ice water
  • Stir often until chilled
    • Check temperature
  • Cover, refrigerate

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summary
Summary
  • Large batches of hot food need to be chilled quickly.
  • Can be done two ways:
    • Divide food into shallow metal pans, cover, and refrigerate
    • Use an ice bath

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summary1
Summary
  • Stirring helps speed cooling
  • Use a thermometer to check temperature

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stay healthy by cooling food quickly and safely
Stay healthy by cooling food quickly and safely

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

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