Here are a few quick ideas to help keep your fridge cool and your family healthy:
Refrigerate hot foods as soon as possible and within two hours after cooking. You can put hot foods in the refrigerator – they cool faster there – just put them in small, shallow containers for faster cooling.
Keep the refrigerator at 40F degrees or lower. If you’re not sure of te temperature, you can buy and inexpensive refrigerator thermometer and adjust the temperature if necessary.
Date leftovers so they can be used within a safe time. Most foods are usually safe if eaten within three to five days of being refrigerated. Foods from restaurants should generally be eaten sooner.
Don’t overload the refrigerator. You need space between the containers for the cold air to circulate. This not only keeps the food uniformly cold, but helps the unit run efficiently.