A fridge filled with food

Another important factor in food safety is how it's stored in your fridge. Here are the basic rules:

  • Keep your fridge between 2 and 4 degrees Celsius. Older fridges frequently run at higher temperatures. You can check the temperature with a fridge thermometer, available from hardware stores.
  • Replace poor door seals - they stop a fridge from maintaining its temperature.
  • Don't jam in the food. Air should be able to circulate, to maintain an even temperature.
  • Keep raw meat in the chiller or on the bottom shelf, separate from other raw and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Defrost food in the fridge, not on the bench. Avoid thaw drips getting onto other foods.
  • Keep foods in the fridge covered with cling film or in containers with watertight lids.
  • Throw out refrigerated leftovers after two days unless they've been frozen. Once thawed, frozen leftovers should also be thrown out after two days.
  • Keep your fridge clean.

 

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