You can buy any of those cheap refrigerators and not to worry about efficient refrigeration as long as you know how to go about proper food safety and food storage. True, the overall safety of your refrigeration in conjunction to the quality of food depends on your hands – you need to know how to store food, where to put them exactly and how long are they going to stay in your fridge. There are lots of things that the home owner should bear in mind to keep the food preservation away from jeopardy.
The following below are some of the most recommended tips to ensure food safety and preservation in your refrigerators on an everyday basis.
o Cover each food well by placing them in individual containers. This way, you can prevent odor transfer which can make way for early food spoilage.
o Ensure that your refrigerator is closed as much as possible. Don’t open it for too long or the temperature will fluctuate.
o Perishable foods, especially meat and other poultry products should not be stored in the door. Ideally, the freezer compartment is the best place to store them.
o Fruits and vegetables should go to the storage crispers. Some refrigerator models have humidity-controlled crispers which can retain their freshness for as long as possible.
o For refrigerators with integrated water and ice dispenser, check your refrigerator water filter (or change it) every 3 to 6 months. You can buy a water filter in any appliance parts and accessories store.
o Do not store too much food inside the fridge because this can hamper the usual cold air circulation inside. If there is a need to, then slightly lower the temperature to ensure that they are chilled and well-refrigerated.
Regular cleaning and maintenance of the fridge, of course, is also highly recommended as well.