You’ve heard of, or even experienced for yourself, the salad that was WARM! Serving salads that are mayo based (potato, macaroni, etc) at a gathering can become harmful if not properly maintained.
Foods that contain mayo (or miracle whip), eggs, and dairy can cause stomach issues of epic proportions. But food poisoning can be avoided using the Fill’n’Chill tables full of wonderfully cold ice and following these simple rules:
- Keep prepared salads cold—that means 40ºF or cooler—in the refrigerator or ice chest until they are served.
- No more than 2 hours (1 hour if surrounding temperature is 90º or higher) after serving, these foods should be chilled again. Remember, many bacteria thrive in warm, moist environments.
- Even better, place serving dishes or pans for these foods on a bed of ice while they sit out. Make sure the ice is still ice!!
- If these dishes sit out more than 1 or 2 hours (see above), throw the food out! Better safe than sorry!
More info can be found at: https://www.kathysurgentcare.com/blog/2017/8/30/dont-eat-the-potato-salad