Some of these tips may be things you already know, but a little refresher may keep your perishables from perishing too soon. For fridge food safety:
- Set the thermometer to 38 to 40* F for meats, eggs, produce, and dairy products.
- Store items like salad dressings or condiments in the door slots – never milk or eggs which should be kept in their original containers on the main shelves. Most condiments are good for about a year (check the expiration dates). Mayonnaise, on the other hand, shouldn’t be used after 2 months from being opened.
- Check that all vents in your fridge are clean and not obstructed by containers or food to ensure proper circulation.
- Place a dry paper towel on the bottom of produce bins to help absorb moisture and retain freshness.
- Circle or highlight expiration dates on all products, and toss anything that is beyond its “use by date.” Store leftovers in air-tight containers with secure tops.
- Wipe down shelves regularly with soap and water – not chemical cleaners, which could seep into your food.
By doing these few things you will be able to enjoy premium taste along with the health benefits provided by the food. Bon Appetit! (Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for some of the “ingredients” for this post.)
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