Summer, summer, summer time–the best time for barbecues and picnics. While eating outside can be way more fun than sitting at your kitchen table, there are some extra precautions necessary to take when it comes to food safety. To avoid the risk of heat-related food illnesses, such as the spread of bacteria in the hot conditions, here are some precautions you should take:
Keep it cold: Make sure the fridge temperature is below 5 °C and keep your freezer at minus 15 °C to minus 18 °C. If you’re traveling with your food to a picnic or the beach, be sure to fill your cooler with lots of ice packs to keep things fresh.
Skip the detours: After trips to the supermarket, make sure to get home quickly with any chilled, frozen or even hot foods. You’ll want to minimize the time that they are left out of the fridge or proper conditions.
Keep your raw food separate: Bacteria from raw food could possibly contaminate yourcooked meals, so make sure to keep them away from each other. To reduce the risk of food poisoning, use separate cutting boards and utensils as well and make sure ti thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw meat.
Store leftovers safely: Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within three to five days. If you don’t plan to eat them within this time, freeze them, or consider tossing them out. Food that has been in the fridge for too long, or food that has been left out of the fridge for upwards of four hours should always be thrown away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Your refrigerator will only preserve your food if it is at the right temperature. The ideal temperature range for a refrigerator is between 34-38° F. Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator to make sure the temperature does not climb above this number; bacteria growth rates spike at around 40. Is your refrigerator failing to keep a cold, consistent temperature? The experts at Speedy Subzero Repair can get you up-and-running in no time. If you are looking for a fast, dependable refrigerator repair service in Long Island or New York City, call us at 866-782-9376.
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
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.
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.
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.