Helpful Hints in the Storage and Keep of your Food.
Keeping your food and family bacteria free can be made a whole lot easier via your refrigerator. Storing your food at proper temperatures is one of the best and most effective ways to slow the growth of bacteria. And that proper temperature is 40F or below.
In addition to that first easy step of making sure you’re storing your food at the right temperature,there are other strategies to keep your food safe. Start with cleaning out the fridge FREQUENTLY. While doing that follow the rule “when in doubt, throw it out.” This will allow for your fridge to be less crowded, allow for the cold 40F air to circulate around your groceries, and will reduce the chance of your fridge promoting the growth of bacteria or cross-contamination via spills and leakage.
Groceries, leftovers, and doggie bags from eating out, need to put in the fridge as soon as possible. When it comes to unfinished already cooked food sitting out, any longer than 2 hours you’re reaching the point of possible bacteria growth.
Here’s a handy link to the FDA’s Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart which show s about how long specific foods can safely be kept when properly refrigerated.