The ideal temperature for keeping food warm in the oven until it is time to serve is between 140 degrees and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Since harmful bacteria can grow when the temperature in the oven falls under 140 degrees, keeping food in the oven at the appropriate temperature until serving can help stave off food-borne illnesses and bacteria that cause food poisoning.
To keep food warm in the oven, you need to maintain a steady and safe temperature while also keeping the food moist. You can also use other methods to hold food at a safe temperature to keep it safe and tasting great.
To keep food warm without overcooking, set your oven to the lowest temperature (which is probably 200 degrees F) and cover the food with foil. Use an oven thermometer to keep track of how warm the oven gets: when the temperature goes above 225 degrees F or so, turn your oven off and the food will stay warm in the residual heat.
Even if you keep your temperature between 60°F and 65°F, your home or apartment may not be warm enough to keep you safe. This is a special problem if you live alone because there is no one else to feel the chilliness of the house or notice if you are having symptoms of hypothermia. Here are some tips for keeping warm while you're inside:
Keep hot takeout food — such as barbecued meat or Chinese food — warm by transferring it to an oven-safe baking dish while you prepare another dish serve with it. If you mash potatoes in an oven-safe saucepan, place them in the oven to stay warm while you finish preparing the other foods.
Safe temperatures vary from food to food. Follow doneness tests given with the recipes. Leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees F, and reheated sauces, soups, and gravies should be brought to a rolling boil. It's essential to use a clean food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, casseroles ...
As long as the ribs reach a 160 temp it will work depending on whether your oven is gas propane or electric the warm settings all differ but most are slightly under the 200 mark with some being as low as 125 and others 150 or 175 or even higher... look in your ovens owners manual for more information.
Take Temperatures. Hot foods should be kept at an internal temperature of 140 °F or warmer. Use a food thermometer to check. Serve or keep food hot in chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays.
Keep cold food cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice or use small serving trays and replace them often. Use a food thermometer to check hot and cold holding temperatures. Perishable food should not be left out more than 2 hours at room temperature (1 hour when the temperature is above 90 °F). [Top of Page] Leftovers
Get a portable food warmer to keep foods warm in your car. Find an insulated lunchbox or cooler that can plug into the cigarette lighter jack inside your car. Fill the cooler with hot food and plug it in as you travel. The cooler will use the energy from your car to keep the food at a safe temperature.