How to Tackle Super Bowl Food Safety

By Sara Butler

Many people look forward to the Super Bowl – and not just for the game, but for the food! Entertaining is one of the best parts about Super Bowl Sunday, but where there’s food, there’s potential illness, too. Food sitting out for hours can be a danger to your health. Here’s what you need to do to ensure your Super Bowl party doesn’t fumble when it comes to food safety.

Have a Bacteria-Free Buffet

There are a few things you should keep in mind for your game day buffet. Think about:

  • The size – If you’re planning to have a spread, make sure you keep in mind how quickly the food will be eaten. The best bet is to create small platters that can be replenished as needed instead of setting it all out at once. Cold dishes should be stored in the fridge while hot ones should hang out in the oven at between 200 and 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Take the temperature – Any hot foods should be kept at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a food thermometer to check periodically and utilize chafing dishes, warming trays, and slow cookers where you can.
  • Chill it – Cold food needs to be kept at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less. If the food will be out for longer than two hours, put the plates on a bed of ice to keep the temperature down.
  • Stay fresh – Don’t put new food on top of food that’s been sitting there a while. Replace serving dishes with new ones, since food can easily be contaminated by people’s hands.
  • Abide by the rules – Never leave any perishable food out for longer than two hours. Any leftovers people might take home need to be refrigerated until they leave!

You want your guests to have a good time on game day, not spend the next day sick! At least, not sick because of the food you served (since they might be sick about who won -- or who lost!). Remember that safety is important when you’re serving food. You may not be a professional food server, but if you’re serving food in your home, it needs to be safe for everyone you’re serving it to – that’s your responsibility as a host.

Here’s to a great game day full of fun but not full of food-borne illness for you and your guests!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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