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This video shows how to keep food safe at graduations, weddings and outdoor parties.

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Planning an outdoor party? If so, you have more to do than just deciding on the menu and the decorations.When serving food, especially outdoors, it’s important to make food safety a top priority. After all, nobody enjoys a party if they get sick after eating.

Here are some tips on how to safely serve food-

Keep Hot Food Hot:

  • Pour hot water into a chafing dish. To avoid splashing, carry hot water in a teapot.
  • Use canned heat to warm up dish and keep food hot. Use the lid to set the height of the flame.
  • Keep chafing dish covered to retain heat.

Keep Cold Food Cold:

  • Use a thermometer to ensure cold dishes are served at 41°F or below.
  • Serve food in metal or ceramic bowls over an ice bath. Do not use plastic containers because they do not keep food as cold.

Other Serving Tips:

  • Keep the spout of hot beverage containers far from the edge of the table and out of kids’ reach.
  • Replenish food with new pans and utensils. To reduce cross-contamination, use designated utensils in all dishes and replace every 4 hours.
  • Dairy-based desserts should be served at the last minute and immediately returned to the refrigerator after serving.

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Date Last Reviewed: April 5, 2019

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