Hot Holding Equipment- Keeps Product at 135°F (57°C) or higher

Hot holding equipment is intended to keep hot food hot – it is not intended to heat or reheat food.  Hot holding equipment such as a steam table or hot box can be tested by placing a hot food item (or even hot water) that is 135°F (57°C) or higher into the unit.  The product should be checked in 30 to 60 minutes.  If the product stays at 135°F (57°C) or higher, the equipment should be assumed to be working properly.  If the temperature drops below 135°F (57°C) and the unit is set to the highest temperature, it needs to be repaired.