Lots of people enjoy getting together for Super Bowl festivities. With the game lasting more than three hours, though, take care that you don’t unwittingly welcome a foodborne illness into the mix.
For a memorable party, keeping foods out of the temperature “Danger Zone,” is important. Bacteria can multiply rapidly when in the 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit range. Avoid leaving out for the entire game any temperature-sensitive foods, such as warm casseroles, chicken wings and even pizza. And use a thermometer to keep track of internal temperatures.
Follow these guidelines for a successful, memorable party:
- 1st down — Clean: Wash hands and preparation surfaces often
- 2nd down — Separate: Keep foods apart to avoid cross-contamination
- 3rd down — Cook: Heat foods to their proper temperatures
- 4th down — Chill: Refrigerate uneaten foods promptly
Make sure your Super Bowl gathering is memorable for all the right reasons! Follow these helpful tips from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture to avoid any foodborne illnesses.