Does baking soda in the fridge really deodorize? How should you thaw meat? Is food safe to eat after a power failure? Here’s what you need to know to help keep your food fresh and your family safe.
That seemingly innocent rotisserie chicken in your fridge or the cucumber slowly turning into a science experiment behind those Chinese food cartons can make your family sick. Learn the truth about these common fridge fallacies (along with a few refrigerator tips) to prevent bacteria and other nasty things from forming on your food. Here are some common myths, busted.
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6 Fridge Myths Busted!
Myth 1: The dial inside the fridge tells you how cold it is in there. BUSTED! You need a refrigerator thermometer to accurately measure temp. If it’s above 40 degrees F, bacteria could be growing on your food.
Myth 2: Don’t put hot food directly in the fridge – let it cool first. BUSTED! The longer food sits on your counter, the more chance it has of spoiling. Get leftovers into containers and into the fridge within two hours of cooking.
Myth 3: Thawing frozen food on the countertop is just fine. BUSTED! Letting that frozen steak sit out on the countertop is inviting bacteria to the table. Thaw it in the fridge, microwave, or cold water. Marinating should also be done in the fridge.
Myth 4: Baking soda absorbs bad smells in your fridge. BUSTED! Activated charcoal actually is better at absorbing odor.
Myth 5: If the power goes out and I don’t open the fridge and freezer doors, the food inside will be safe to eat. BUSTED! If the power is out for less than four hours, your food should be OK, but play it safe and toss meat, dairy, and leftovers. Hard cheese, fresh fruit, veggies, and bread should be all right.
Myth 6: Leftovers will keep for a couple of weeks. BUSTED! If you can’t remember when you had that Kung Pao Chicken delivered, throw it out. Four days is the max for most leftovers. When in doubt, throw it out.