How Long Can You Leave Raw And Cooked Food Out Before It Cam Be Harmful To Eat

July 24, 2019

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Summer isn't summer without some sort of picnic cookout.  However with our famous Florida heat, the food you are serving outside only has a limited time before it begins to spoil and become dangerous to you and your family's health. So how long is too long to keep a food at room temperature that’s supposed to be refrigerated? According to the USDA, put perishable foods in the refrigerator within two hours of purchasing it. If it’s above 90 degrees, then you only have an hour, so hop to it. This also goes for serving foods at a dinner, picnic or other event where you have dishes sitting out for prolonged periods. If that’s the case, also try serving the perishable item in a container that is nestled in a bowl of ice. Potentially hazardous foods, such as milk or milk products, eggs, meat, poultry, rice, fish, shellfish and edible crustaceans should be kept below 41°F (for cold foods) or above 135°F (for hot foods) except during necessary preparation time or a short display period. If temperature and time are not observed, foods enter the "danger zone" in which bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40°F and 140°F, doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. But the best advice of all when it comes to food, and it even rhymes to help you remember; when in doubt, throw it out. Having the last few spoons of chicken salad isn’t worth getting sick over.

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SOURCE: Lifehacker

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