Thermo Stats: Must-Know Facts About Refrigeration and Food Safety
A refrigerator is your first line of defense against foodborne germs and illnesses such as salmonella, E. coli, norovirus and botulism. When this appliance is not working correctly, bacteria will use your food as a source of energy and begin to multiply at an alarming rate. Here is a quick look at some tips you can use to handle and store your food as safely as possible.
Invest in a Thermometer
A freestanding appliance thermometer is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your refrigerator and freezer at the correct temperatures. As a general rule, families should try to keep their refrigerator at or below 40°F and their freezer at 0°F. Checking these thermometers two or three times each week will ensure your food is being stored properly and safe to eat.
There are a few simple steps you can take to help your refrigerator maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day. The first thing you should do is check to make sure the fridge is not too full. Food items should have at least some space between one another so cool air is able to circulate. In addition, all spills must be cleaned immediately. Any spillage can affect the insulation, cooling coils and electronics. Finally, you should check all refrigerated items weekly to see if they are spoiled or past their expiration date.
Following a Power Outage
If your power happens to go out, keep your refrigerator door closed as much as possible. A few blocks of ice in the refrigerator will keep the temperature low for quite some time, but most food will need to be thrown away after a few hours. Even if the power outage does not last long, any foods that look or smell spoiled should be tossed immediately.
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Our team of certified technicians is ready to help you with all of your commercial cooking equipment and refrigeration needs. If you suspect that your refrigerator is no longer working properly, contact us today to schedule a quick and hassle-free service call with one of our friendly specialists.