How long to leave chicken soup without heat

Is it safe to leave chicken soup, freshly made and just off the simmer, on a turned off burner for an hour and a half? Or does it need heat to stay safe?

  • Posted by: ATL
  • March 20, 2013


ATL March 20, 2013
Great idea, Le Bec Fin. Thanx!
ATL March 20, 2013
Great idea, Le Bec Fin. Thanx!
LeBec F. March 20, 2013
yes, you are fine. you might want to invest in a 'flame tamer', a hollow metal disc that site on top of the burner and lets you leave a pot on VERY low heat so it won't cook down but will stay hot. These are very handy tools.
Monita March 20, 2013
he Food and Drug Administration sets regulations for commercial Are you planning to re-heat and use it after that or refrigerate it? If you're going to use it, it will be ok. FDA guidelines for commercial food production specify that cooked foods should sit out at temperatures from 41 degrees to 135 degrees, the range in which bacteria can grow and multiply, for no more than four hours. If you're going to refrigerate it, then the best thing to do would be to cool it down quickly in an ice bath
ATL March 20, 2013
Thanks, Monita. I plan to bring it to the boil and simmer it for a while before serving.
boulangere March 20, 2013
And if a soup, which is essentially a reheated food, it must first be heated to 165 degrees for 15 seconds. When cooling from the 135 degree holding temperature, you have 2 hours to cool it to 70 degrees or below, and an additional 4 hours (usually under refrigeration) to cool it to 40 degrees or below.
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