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.