Your Refreshing Guide to Refrigeration

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Refreshing Guide to Refrigeration

A brand-new Sub-Zero refrigerator will provide you with the storage space and cooling power your kitchen needs, but using it properly is up to you. Here’s a quick guide to refrigeration that will keep your foods fresh and the cold air flowing.

Produce Avoid washing produce before refrigeration because the dampness can incite mold and rot. To prevent produce from dying out, store it in plastic bags with a perforation or an open seal. This maintains a moist environment while still allowing air to circulate.

Meat Store meat on the bottom shelf to prevent drips from contaminating other food. Retain all fresh meat products in their original store packaging because every time you re-wrap, food is exposed to harmful bacteria. Avoid slicing food until you are ready to consume it since chopped items spoil more quickly than whole.

Dairy Leave dairy in the original container when possible. If already transferred for serving, store leftover dairy products like cottage cheese, yogurt, sour cream or milk in a pitcher or bowl, tightly covered with plastic wrap. Keep hard cheeses in their original store wrapping until use, then wrap in wax paper, foil or plastic.

Leftovers Always refrigerate food you plan on storing within two hours of cooking. There’s no need to wait for the food to cool—modern refrigerators can handle the heat. Store leftovers in air-tight, leak-proof containers, and choose clear plastic to keep the food visible and remind you what’s left to consume.

Shelving and Rotation – When adjusting shelving in the fridge, be sure to accommodate for the height of food and food containers and to best allow cold air to circulate. Before you make your shopping trip, bring foods hiding in the back of the fridge to the front. This way you’ll know what’s in stock and what you need to get.

Refrigerator and Freezer Organization

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By establishing order in your refrigerator and freezer — spaces you access at least three times a day — you’ll enjoy a stress-free meal preparation experience. Plus, you won’t forget (or overlook) ingredients you already have on-hand — a major money-saver. Read on to learn the recipe for successful organization in your most often used kitchen appliance — the refrigerator!

  • The first step in organizing your fridge and freezer is to take inventory and discard out of date items or items you will not likely use.
  • Take advantage of adjustable shelves and drawers, found readily in most new appliances. Since many shoppers like to buy the same brands (with the same packaging) over and over again, taking time to set your shelves and drawers accordingly will save you time in the long run.
  • Organize food items by size. Doing so will create a function for each shelf and make it much easier to locate your small, hard to see items. Store items in jars or bottles in the refrigerator door and bagged items in the freezer door.
  • Look for organizers that maximize shelf space — for example, shelves or dispensers that can be added to existing shelves to maximize the vertical space.
  • Keep the most often used items in front for easy access the whole family will appreciate. You may also find that ready-made snacks are helpful to curb your cravings — fresh fruit or veggies that are pre-washed and ready to eat will suddenly seem more enticing!
  • Everybody has a small shelf that never seems quite big enough. Put it to use with leftover storage because containers that stack and are similar in shape will maximize the deep, narrow space. Don’t forget to label your items before storing them!
  • To combat odors keep an open box of baking soda in the back corner. Vanilla extract will also keep your fridge fresh. Soak a cotton ball or paper towel, put it on a paper plate and wait for it to dry before removing.
  • Clean out both your fridge and your freezer once a month. Make it part of your household cleaning routine. Doing so will make it easier to know what you have and what you still need, in addition to keeping the areas clean.  (by SubZeroLosAngeles)

What is the proper temperature a fridge and freezer should be

What is the proper temperature a fridge and freezer should be?

What is the proper temperature a fridge and freezer should be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to FDA.gov, keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

By establishing order in your freezer and refrigerator— spaces you access at least three times a day — you will enjoy a stress-free meal preparation experience. In addition, you won’t forget or overlook ingredients you already have on-hand — a major money-saver:

The first step in organizing your freezer and fridge is to take inventory and discard out of date items or items you will not likely use.
Take advantage of adjustable drawers and shelves, found readily in most new appliances.
Organize food items by size.
Look for organizers that maximize shelf space; for instance, dispensers or shelves that can be added to existing shelves to maximize the vertical space.
Keep the most frequently used items in front for easy access the whole family will appreciate.
Everyone has a small shelf that never seems quite big enough. Put it to use with leftover storage because ampules that stack and are similar in shape will maximize the deep, narrow space.
To fight odors keep an open box of baking soda in the back corner. Vanilla extract will also keep your fridge fresh. Soak a paper towel or cotton ball, put it on a paper plate and wait for it to dry before removing.
Clean out both your freezer and your fridge once a month.
Whether putting food in the refrigerator, the freezer, or the cupboard, you have plenty of opportunities to prevent foodborne illnesses. The goal is to keep yourself and others from being sickened by microorganisms such as Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and C. botulinum, which causes botulism.

Keeping foods chilled at proper temperatures is one of the best ways to prevent or slow the growth of these bacteria. These food storage tips can help you steer clear of food-borne illnesses at U.S. Food and Drug Administration.