Flexikitch Food Display
Food is displayed so that people can select what they like while maintaining the integrity of the food by preventing microorganisms from growing. Frozen food cannot thaw and freeze again without affecting the safety of its consumption, and the same goes for warm food if it cools and is reheated repeatedly. With fluctuating temperatures, harmful bacteria and fungi grow, producing toxins that make people sick if the food is eaten.
Another essential aspect of food safety, open food needs to be protected from people’s sneezes, coughs, and other means of potential contamination. For food typically displayed at ambient temperatures or slightly lower, glass food display units protect such items from human contamination.
How Long Can Hot Food Be Displayed?
There are so many variables at play when it comes to displaying hot food, but the two-hour / four-hour rule is an excellent place to start because it forms the basis of the food safety standards in Australia. Food displayed at temperatures between 5°C and 60°C should be thrown out after four hours to prevent food-poisoning bacteria from growing to dangerous levels. Food that has been on display for between two and four hours should be eaten immediately. Food kept for less than two hours can be refrigerated or eaten immediately.
The variables that come into play are dependant on your food display unit, how evenly it is heated and how accurately you are able to read the temperature. To ensure the safety of your food, it’s best to check the temperature of your food at regular intervals in various areas of the food display unit, using a clean thermometer that is accurate to within 1°C.
Flexikitch stocks a wide variety of food display units for hot food, cold food, food displayed at ambient temperatures, along with other specialised food display units. This includes a wide range of Criocabin deli and bain-marie counters, Bonnet Neve chillers and freezers, and a variety of Woodson hot food display units.
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