Safe Refrigerator Storage

Safe food storage is important at any time of year, but it is essential during the warm weather months.

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Here are common sense safety tips for keeping your refrigerator a safe and trustworthy place to keep your food:

  • Do not overload your refrigerator – a crowded refrigerator cannot keep foods as cold as they need to be.
  • Stack your refrigerator in an orderly fashion – it is safer and more efficient as well as more pleasant and easier to use.
  • Rotate foods so that you use the older items first – when you buy new groceries, place them behind the older ones.
  • Be familiar with how long foods last – throw away items that have been stored for longer than recommended time periods.
  • Go through food bags and discard pieces that are showing signs of mold or going bad – one rotten fruit or vegetable can spoil everything in the bag.
  • Make sure that drips from raw meat and raw chicken don’t contaminate other food – especially fruits and vegetables that will be eaten without cooking.
  • Always keep milk and dairy products in tightly closed, lidded or covered containers.
  • To avoid refrigerator odors  – clear all old, rotting, spoiled or molding foods. Also, keep an open box of fresh baking soda to absorb smells and keep your refrigerator smelling clean and fresh.

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