Food Safety Tips

The
kitchen is a dangerous place. Hot stove tops can burn you, sharp
knives can cut you, and uncleaned spills can cause you to fall and
get hurt. But did you know that your food can also be unsafe?
Consuming food which has spoiled or expired can give you all kinds of
illnesses, so use these tips to keep your food fresh.
  • Wash produce before
    consuming.
    If you are planning
    to eat fresh fruits or vegetables, always wash them first. Running
    your produce under cold tap water for a few seconds is a good way to
    cleanse it from bacteria which may be living on the surface.
  • Defrost food in the
    refrigerator.
    Many people like
    to defrost their frozen meats on the countertop, where it will thaw
    quickly. The growth rate of bacteria at room temperature is
    exponentially higher than inside of your refrigerator, so play it
    safe and defrost your frozen foods in the fridge – even if it
    takes longer.

  • Keep raw meat on the
    bottom shelf.
    Keep all of your
    raw meat on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator until you are ready
    to cook it in order to prevent the meat from dripping and
    contaminating the foods below it.
  • Refrigerate ASAP.
    After buying eggs, dairy
    products, or raw meat/poultry/fish, get them to the refrigerator as
    soon as possible. After approximately two hours in a
    room-temperature environment, these foods can spoil and cause
    illness if consumed.
  • Know your limits.
    Food doesn’t last forever,
    whether it is uncooked or leftovers. Raw meat should be cooked
    within three days of purchase, and leftovers should be consumed or
    thrown away after five days maximum. If you are unsure about whether
    or not a food is safe to eat, use the golden rule: when
    in doubt, throw it out.
In
order to minimize bacteria and maximize the length of time that your
food stays fresh, it is important that your refrigerator keeps a
consistent temperature under 40° F. If your refrigerator feels warm
and you suspect that it isn’t operating properly, call Speedy Sub
Zero at 866-782-9376. We have served New York City and Long Island
residents for more than 75 years and offer 24/7 emergency service, so
call us for a quick repair done in the comfort of your own home.

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