What You Need to Know About Safe Food Storage

Do you
often find your food expiring well before the printed date? It could
have something to do with the way you are storing it. Whether you’re
using the pantry, refrigerator, or freezer, your food is susceptible
to bacteria and spoiling.
To keep
your food as fresh for as long as possible and avoid foodborne
illnesses, keep the following things in mind:
  • Set your appliances
    to the proper temperature.
    Your
    refrigerator should be kept between 35-38° F. Any colder and your
    orange juice might turn into an orange slushie; any warmer and
    bacteria growth rates begin to spike. Freezers should ideally be
    kept at around 0° F.
  • Refrigerate items as
    soon as possible.
    Whether
    you’re leaving the grocery store or a restaurant with leftovers,
    make an effort to get home as fast as possible to refrigerate your
    food. After two hours out of the refrigerator (one hour in hot
    conditions), refrigerated items such as meat and dairy generally
    become unsafe to eat.
  • Check labels for
    storage directions.
    More items
    than you realize may call for refrigeration, especially after
    opening. If you neglected to refrigerate something that needed it,
    it is best to just throw it out.
  • Eat your leftovers
    within 72 hours.
    Most
    leftovers, especially those with some kind of meat in them, are only
    good for 3-4 days after cooking. If you suspect your food may have
    spoiled, smell it – many foods give off an unappetizing scent
    after they expire. And remember: when in doubt, throw it out.
If
your food won’t stay fresh no matter what you do, your refrigerator
may be malfunctioning. If you live in New York, Speedy Subzero can
repair your refrigerator for a fraction of the cost of replacing it.
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