We’ve all been there! You cooked too many meals for the week or ordered in too much take out from your favorite restaurants, and now you’re stuck with a refrigerator full of leftovers, leaving you to wonder what is safe to eat and what’s not.
These general guidelines will help you decide what to keep and what to throw away — Chinese take out, we’re looking at you!
- Depending on where you live, you may see your food stamped with “best if used by,” “sell by,” or nothing at all. The most important label is “best if used by,” which helps you get top quality food. The food will be safe by that date and a few days after.
- Keep your refrigerator’s temperature set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. Bacteria loves to grow between 40 and 140 degrees!
- Leftovers should be stored in proper containers within 2 hours of cooking or 1 hour on hot summer days. Make sure to seal everything tight with as little air inside as possible.
- Do not overfill your fridge. This can block vents and prevent the proper circulation needed to keep your leftover food items perishable.
- To cool food rapidly and make sure it reaches a proper storage temperature (40 degrees F or below,) divide large portions of leftovers and store them in shallow containers.
- Leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees F.
- Do not rely on your senses – smell, taste, or sight does not matter when it comes to leftovers! Get rid of any food that has sat in the fridge for more than four days.
Is your refrigerator failing to keep a cold, consistent temperature? The experts at Speedy Sub Zero can fix it – we have been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.
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.
We all know basic food handling rules, like washing our fruits and veggies and keeping our milk in the fridge. But there are a ton of mistakes that you could be making without even knowing it. Keep your food safe and yourself healthy by avoiding these food safety mistakes:
You Rinse Your Poultry Before You Cook It: This is something that many people do to avoid the risk of salmonella. You need to be careful about cross contamination when you’re handling raw poultry, but rinsing your meat can spread bacteria to your sink or faucet. After you get your chicken cooking, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water and clean any area that your poultry may have touched. Also remember to never use the same cutting board for meat and vegetables– this is one of the quickest ways to make you sick.
You Keep Your Produce Out After After you Cut It: This is a big no-no. Once you chop up your fruit and vegetables, you have accelerated the spoiling process. Put your produce immediately into the fridge after cutting it, to avoid risking them losing their vital nutrients and minerals through oxidation. Storing your fruits and veggies in an airtight container in the fridge will keep them fresh and prolong their shelf life.
You Let Your Food Sit Out For Hours: Picnic, BBQ and party season is in full swing–so that means lots of buffets sitting out for hours. Next time you set up for a party, remember that nothing should sit out for more than two hours. Keep a larger container of the food in the fridge and serve up smaller portions throughout the day, replenishing the dishes. You’ll keep a steady stream of food coming out, and will make sure it’s all safe!
You Aren’t Freezing Your Food Properly :Make sure to double wrap food when it’s being placed in the freezer so that ice crystals don’t form and ruin the texture and taste. And always make sure to keep your freezer at zero degrees or lower, to maximize your food’s preservation.
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.
Refrigerator difficulties can be a real headache– wasted money on food that’s gone bad, puddles of water forming on your kitchen floor and nothing but warm drinks to serve to your guests! Are you experiencing a fridge malfunction? That’s what we’re here for! The refrigeration experts at Speedy SubZero are readily available to fix your problem and have your refrigerator working as good as new in no time. Here are some reasons why you should trust us with your next repair:
We’re Speedy: The name says it all! We stock 99% of all parts in our “warehouse on wheels,” guaranteeing fast and reliable same-day service to New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Connecticut. Give us a call and we’ll be there to service all of your refrigerator needs in just one hour!
We’re Experienced: For over 75 years, Speedy SubZero has been providing exceptional service to all of our valued customers across the Tri-State area. Our well trained technicians are experienced in all brands and models and provide the highest quality workmanship on freezers, wine coolers and ice makers too. We personally guarantee and stand behind all of our work, always making sure the customer is happy.
We’re Always Available: Your refrigerator is always working, and so are we! Our expert technicians are available 24/7, 365 days a year to make sure that your food never spoils and your drinks never get warm! Have a holiday refrigerator breakdown? No problem, we’ll be there soon!
Is your refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, or wine cooler giving you a problem? The solution is Speedy Subzero! With over 75 years of experience and same-day service to the tri-state area, we would like to make you our next satisfied customer. Give us a call at 866-782-9376 to schedule an appointment and make sure to connect with us on Facebook to stay updated with tips, tricks, and company news!
When was the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Probably pretty recently.
Now, what about the last time you cleaned your refrigerator’s condenser coils? We’re willing to bet it’s been a while (or never).
Don’t feel bad – many people don’t realize how important it is to clean this part of the fridge. Although they are generally an afterthought, condenser coils are a key component to your refrigerator’s energy efficiency and overall health.
Located on the back of most units, the condenser coils are responsible for releasing excess heat. This keeps your refrigerator operating quietly and efficiently. When these coils become coated in a thick layer of dust, your fridge has to work harder to keep cool. This ultimately leads to higher utility bills and a shorter lifespan for your appliance.
Preventing these problems is as easy as cleaning your condenser coils every six months. It only takes minutes and can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Here’s how to do it:
Unplug your refrigerator from the electrical receptacle.
Locate the condenser coils. They are on the back of most models, but some newer units have them located underneath the appliance, behind the toe grille.
Clean the coils using your vacuum cleaner. The brush and nozzle attachments generally work best for this task. Keep vacuuming until all visible dust and dirt is gone.
Sweep away stubborn debris using a paint brush.
Replace the toe grille (if necessary), slide your refrigerator back into its proper place, and plug it back into the outlet. That’s it!
If you run into any refrigerator problems, the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With over 75 years of experience in the Long Island area, don’t trust anyone else to fix your refrigerator or freezer. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. Call us today to schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians at 866-782-9376.