Hot Doesn't Always Equal Safe
There probably isn’t a statistic for exactly how much party food will be consumed this Sunday before, during, and after the Super Bowl, but it is safe to say that with any large gathering that involves the preparation of food, there is a greater likelihood of developing a food borne illness if the proper precautions aren’t followed. Many savvy party food makers use a slow cooker or Crock Pot to keep foods such as hot dips and meatballs hot. But just because the food seems hot, do not automatically assume it is safe. The USDA offers answers to slow cooker safety questions on foodsafety.gov that include safe temperatures for foods such as meatballs and chili, a discussion of the food “Danger Zone”, and whether or not it is safe to thaw meats in a slow cooker.