b'Defense #2: Temperature ControlHow to Keep Hot Foods HotEven after food has been cooked, harmful bacteria can re-grow on the food. For this reason, you must keep cooked potentially hazardous foods at 135 F or hotter until you serve them. This called Hot Holding.Tips for Hot Holding: Turn on tools like steam tables or soupwarmers and make sure theyre at the propertemperature before you put food in them. Cover food thats being kept hot. Stir the hot food to distribute heat. Dont mix cold foods in with the hot foods;this will lower the overall temperature. Use a thermometer to check the foodstemperatureHow to Cook in a MicrowaveMicrowave ovens are a useful tool for quick cooking and re-heating, but they do not cook foods evenly. Because of this, the FDA requires that all raw animal products cooked in the microwave must reach at least 165 F. Follow these steps for proper microwave cooking: Cover food to retain moisture Stir it at least once during cooking Let the food stand covered for two minutes before serving Check the temperature in several places to make sure the entireportion reached 165 FProper Cooking Temperatures: Cooking food to the right temperature destroys the germs that can make people sick. To make sure youve accomplished this, all food temperatures need to be taken with an approved food thermometer, placed into the thickest part of the food. How long does it take to kill harmful germs? That varies depend-ing on the type of food. Check the following chart for proper cooking times and temperatures.Raw Animal Products in a microwave oven must be cooked to 165F.eFoodHhandlers.com 2 525'