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Refrigerator Storage
Tips to Making Your
Refrigerator More Useful!

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Refrigerator Storage

Refrigerator Storage: Now more than ever, it's important to have food and keep it for as long as possible.  Food costs continue to rise and it's important to make your food and your money stretch as much as possible.

This page will be a review of some of the best tips to keep your refrigerator, the food in it useable for as long as possible.

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Refrigerator Care

  • Keep it clean; don’t let your refrigerator become a petri dish,
  • Clean the refrigerator regularly. Throw away any spoiled foods immediately. Decay can be spread to other foods,
  • Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with warm soapy water and rinse. Don’t use glass cleaners or harsh chemicals,
  • Check the food in your refrigerator just prior to going grocery shopping. This allows you to free up space and get your foods in the refrigerator quickly when you come home.

Keep Your Food Safe

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Keep your food safe!  Bacteria causes up to 67% of food poisoning cases in the U.S.

The three most common types of bacteria responsible:

  • Staphylococcus
  • E-coli
  • Salmonella

Normally these don’t cause a problem. However, in the right environment, they can multiply and become dangerous. Dishes containing meat, cooked vegetables and eggs are particularly risky.

Bacteria breed best when:

  • Temperature is between 40° to 140° F.
  • Food remains in this temperature range for three to four hours or more
  • Food has a low acid content
  • Moisture is right for growth


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  • Most foods do best from 34°F to 40°F. Above 40°F foods tend to spoil rapidly.
  • Check temperature with a refrigerator thermometer.
  • If you don’t have one, try using an outdoor thermometer.

How Long to Keep Food

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It’s best to use foods quickly.

For specific information on length of time to keep particular foods in your refrigerator, see links below for charts on:

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