Tip of the Week

During the hectic festive period, it is essential to keep food safety as a priority.  Kitchens are hot and busy and staff can be stretched.

Here are a few quick reminders for your team:

  • Put deliveries away immediately
  • Keep fridges below 5°C
  • When preparing food, keep out in the kitchen for the shortest possible time.  When prepared, cook or chill immediately
  • Cook hot food to a minimum of 75°C for 30 seconds
  • Cool food to 8°C within 90 minutes (blast chill or ice bath) then refrigerate
  • Reheat food to above 75°C for 30 seconds
  • Hot hold food at 63°C or above
  • Cold hold food at less than 5°C


Don’t forget to record the core cooked temperature of high-risk foods and cooling times and temperatures as part of your due diligence.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that in the UK we will likely consume over 350 million mince pies over the festive period.  Maybe time for some elasticated trousers!

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