When it comes to preparing and storing food, you want to know that your refrigerator is working as well as it should in order to keep your food fresh and keep you and your family healthy. It’s important to know how to set your refrigerator at the right temperature, how to store different types of food to keep it safe, and how to prevent certain foods from contaminating other food items. Of course, if you discover that your refrigerator is not holding the correct temperature, it might be time to give Omega Force Appliance Repair a call. We specialize in all types of appliance repair, including refrigerators and freezers. Let us know how we can be of service to you!
A Food-Safe Fridge
To ensure that the food you keep in your refrigerator is not growing bacteria while you’re not using it, you should set your fridge temperature to no higher than 40 degrees. Keep a thermometer in your fridge to make sure your food isn’t getting too warm. Don’t overload your fridge either because the cold air needs room to circulate, and be sure you don’t leave refrigerator doors open for too long, as your fridge will start to lose the cool air.
If you’ve adjusted your temperature to a more optimal level, but you notice the thermometer is still reading too high, your fridge might be having issues. Give Omega Force Appliance Repair a call, and we will fix or replace whatever parts aren’t working correctly! Take a look at our refrigerator and freezer repair page for more information on what could be wrong with your fridge.
Where Food Should Be Stored
When it comes to storing food, you want to make sure different food items are in certain places to keep them at their best cooling temperature, and to prevent them from contaminating other food items. Keep meat, poultry, and fish in separate, sealed containers on the lowest shelf of the fridge so that any juices do not drip onto other items and contaminate them. The lowest shelf is also usually the coldest.
Keep eggs on a shelf in their original carton. Do not keep them in the door as temperature fluctuates the most in items kept on the door shelves. Keep fruit and vegetables in crisper doors to retain moisture. If possible, keep fruits separate from vegetables as they give off ethylene gas that can shorten storage life. Refrigerate dairy products in the back of the fridge where it’s colder, and keep them as covered and sealed so that they don’t absorb other odors.
Cover opened cans before storing in the refrigerator, but know that the flavor of the canned food may be affected once opened and saved for later. Leftovers should be stored in as small and shallow of containers as possible to help them cool off quickly. Date your leftovers and dispose of them after four days of refrigeration. It’s important to store your food and leftovers correctly to prevent the growth and spread of foodborne illness.
If you’re storing your food correctly, but it still seems to be going bad faster than it should, you could be experiencing refrigeration issues. Contact Omega Force Appliance Repair and we will get your refrigerator repaired and operating the way that it should. Be sure to get in touch if you’re in need of a refrigerator repair service, or other appliance repairs.