EXTENSION CONNECTION: Keeping food safe (potluck party tips)

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

•Keep hot foods — such as stews and chili — at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or above. Use an insulated container, like a slow cooker wrapped in paper bags, during travel.

•Do not transport food and animals in the same vehicle.

Use a food thermometer to check food temperatures frequently. After a party, discard any food that was left in the temperature danger zone for more than two hours — or more than one hour on a very hot day). If foods have been safely handled and have not been in the danger zone for more than two hours, leftovers are safe to eat. Use cooked leftovers within three to four days.

Brenda Smith is an agent at the Okaloosa County Extension office in Crestview.

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