Spring cleaning doesn’t stop at the typical household chores. Food safety is a very important part of keeping your family healthy and happy! There are four basic steps to keeping food safe for you and your family all year long.
Chill: Properly Refrigerate and Freeze Foods
Refrigerate all perishable foods within 2 hours:
Bacteria that cause food poisoning multiply quickest when food is in the Danger Zone. The Danger Zone is between 40°F and 140°F.
Set your refrigerator to 40°F or below and set your freezer to 0°F or below. Having an appliance thermometer in your refrigerator and freezer is a great idea to assure proper temperature.
Perishable foods should not be left out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. If food is left out longer it should be discarded to avoid food born illnesses.
Leftovers should be placed in shallow containers, refrigerated, and cooled properly.
Thaw or marinate food in the refrigerator. Never thaw foods on the counter.
Freezing foods does not destroy harmful germs and bacteria but it keeps food at a safe temperature until it is ready to be used.