Is your refrigerator making you sick?


As unbelievable as it may sound, your refrigerator’s primary job is not just to keep your food chilled. Its prime duty is to slow down the growth of bacteria. It is advisable to avoid these common mistakes

1. Over-stuffing it –

For some people, a packed fridge is a sign of abundance and well being and endless food supply but it maybe a disaster waiting to happen. Cold air needs to circulate around the food to keep the food chilled and keep away harm causing bacteria. Bacteria thrive in a crowded environment. Plus, in an overstuffed fridge, it is always difficult to tell what is fresh and what has been inside since ages.

2. Keeping the temp the wrong way –

When was the last time you checked the temperature inside your fridge? Microbes thrive in temperatures above 40°F, so it’s important to keep the fridge temp between 32° and 40°F and the freezer temp below 0°F. If your fridge is an older model without a built-in temperature gauge, purchase a thermometer and keep it on a shelf, and check it regularly. And if you fancy standing in front of  the refrigerator deciding what to eat, then please remeber that this lowers the temperature inside the refrigerator especially during the summer months.

3. Putting fruits and veggies in the same compartment-
You can’t make food items last forever but there are two things you can do to keep bacteria at bay for longer. Firstly, refrain from washing fruits and veggies until you are ready to use them. The moisture will hasten the decay process especially cause bacteria thrive in moist environment. Secondly, keep your produce in separate crispers. Ripened fruits are know to emits ethylene, a gas that hastens spoilage in vegetables.

4. Cleaning your fridge once a year –

Cleaning the refrigerator is never on any persons to-do list but Microbes built up on sticky ketchup lids and spilled curry, and putrefying food. Experts recommend a weekly scouring, especially for the crispers and where you store your meat. Also once you are done with the inside including the trays and compartments vacuum around the compressor and motor to suck up the dust that keeps your trusty appliance from running efficiently.

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