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SOP for Preparing Hot Foods in Hotel Kitchen

SOP Number: Kitchen / F&B Production SOP – 12

Department: Kitchen / Food Production - Hot Food Preparation

Date Issued: 3-Oct-2018

Time to Train: 25 Minutes

Purpose of this SOP:

The temperatures of all cooked food should be taken during preparation to ensure the safety of all food served to the customer are safe and as per the standard practice.

The Executive Chef and the Sous Chef should be responsible to ensure that the hot foods are prepared using appropriate practices and procedures to ensure safety and sanitation. The hotel management should develop and implement proper written Kitchen SOP's to ensure the same is implemented correctly throughout all the food preparation outlets.

Hot Food Preparation Standard Procedures:

How to Cook Hot Foods in the Kitchen?

  • Always avoid over-cooking of the food prepared.

  • Use a calibrated thermometer to check product temperature in thickest part of the item or at least in two separate places.

  • Always take end-point cooking temperatures.

  • Try to reduce the holding time of foods before serving by using batch cooking.

  • Allow temperature of cooking equipment to return to required temperatures between batches.

  • Do not use hot holding equipment to cook or reheat foods.

  • Expose food ingredients to room temperature for two hours or less, or food item should be returned to the refrigerator.

  • The total time of any food at room temperature shall not exceed more than 4 hours.

  • Prepare food products that will not be cooked or heated away from other products.

How to take the temperature of Hot Foods?

  • Always wash and sanitize your hands.

  • Use a clean and sanitize calibrated thermometer to take the temperatures of all cooked foods.

  • Always wipe and sanitize the thermometer stem with alcohol wipes/swabs prior to taking the temperatures of each food.

  • Make sure to open the sanitizer package with clean hands.

  • Always take temperatures in the thickest part of a food item ie usually at the centre.

  • Two readings should also be taken in different locations to assure thorough cooking to the appropriate end-point temperature.

  • For all potentially hazardous food products, record the end-point cooking temperature on the 'Cooked Food Temperature' Log.

  • Try to cook hot foods to these minimum end-point temperatures or recipe directions.

What is the standard cooking temperature for Meats, Vegetables, Fish, Processed foods etc.?

  • For Poultry - 74º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • For stuffings like stuffed meats, casseroles and other dishes combining raw and cooked foods - 74º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Potentially Hazardous Foods cooked in the microwave - 74º Celsius [The food should stand for 2 minutes after cooking, stir during cook process].

  • Ground or flaked meats - 68º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Beef and pork roasts - 63º Celsius for 4 minutes.

  • Beef steaks, pork, veal, lamb - 63º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Any game animals - 63º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Fish and any foods containing fish - 63º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Shell eggs for immediate service - 63º Celsius for 15 seconds.

  • Vegetables which are canned, frozen or fresh - 57º Celsius for 15 seconds, held above 57º Celsius.

  • Any ready-to-eat commercially processed and packaged foods - 57º Celsius for 15 seconds, held above 57º Celsius.

Training Summary questions:

Q1. What is the purpose of this SOP?

Q2. Who is responsible to check and monitor the preparation and holding of hot foods?

Q3. Points to note while preparing hot foods?

Q4. How to take the temperature for hot foods?

Q5. Give few examples of the standard cooking temp. of different cooked items?

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.