Restaurants deal with more food ingredients than an average household would. This should imply that they know how to store food properly in the refrigerator, right? Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone got the memo, as two establishments were reportedly not storing food at the required temperature. Don’t worry–they’re not from Salt Lake City.
However, your household could be committing the same mistake, and you might not even be aware of it.
When Cold Is Not Cold Enough
Homeowners may think setting the temperature of the fridge to something that is cold enough should do the trick. For restaurants, the ideal setting is at 41 degrees. This matters because some bacteria may thrive on food items that are not stored at the right temperature. Things get even more complicated when you think you’re keeping food at the right temperature, only to find out your fridge may be broken. Without a fridge service pro to check that the temperate setting works properly, you may mistakenly believe everything is working fine.
Where to Store What
Of course, different parts of the refrigerator will have different coldness levels. You have the freezer, where, obviously, frozen goods need to be stored. You also have the crisper, where vegetables should go to keep them fresh without drying them out. It’s important to store food in the right area of the refrigerator to protect their freshness. You also need to store items in an organized manner, so you can see everything and avoid spoilage.
The right storage space in the house prevents cross-contamination, but the right temperature also helps with this. Imagine: you think everything is appropriately stored in your refrigerator, but then the appliance breaks down, and the juices of raw food items trickle down to other items stored below them. If you don’t immediately notice that the refrigerator is broken, you’re looking at a health hazard right there.
A refrigerator is supposed to help you store food so you can use them at a later date. You need to know what you’re doing and the appliance should always be working properly to achieve that goal.