There is no better way to enjoy the sunshine than with friends and family at a picnic or barbecue. But, when enjoying delicious food in the heat, it is important to keep your treats at a safe temperature to avoid them spoiling. To help you make the most of your outdoor feasts, we’ve pulled together the ultimate guide to cold food storage, helping to keep you safe and healthy.
Safe food storage is vital to look after your health. When planning an outdoor feast, it is important to consider safe food storage. Not only will this prevent your food from spoiling, it will also make sure that you aren’t wasting your time or money when preparing meals.
When storing food in the fridge, it is important to keep raw food and cooked food separate. When certain foods are exposed to heat throughout the day, they run the risk of growing bacteria that can lead to severe food poisoning. By separating your raw and cooked food in the fridge, you can avoid cross-contamination. Fortunately, Beko’s range of larder fridges, freestanding fridge freezers and American-style fridge freezers, contain several separate compartments, specially designed for different food types. To help you organise your fridge, we’ve pulled together our top tips for safe food storage:
The following fruits should be stored at room temperature to ripen:
Perishables, such as dairy, meat and eggs, rely on cold food storage. Frozen food storage is ideal for ice creams and items bought from freezer aisles.
Covering items is essential when storing food safely. This will prevent your food from drying out, absorbing dripping condensation or being cross-contaminated. Make sure to store food in airtight containers, tightly wrapped in cling film or in their packaging.
You’ll find the coldest part of your refrigerator at the back. You can change the temperature in your fridge to make it colder for a big food shop in the summer, just remember to switch it back when your appliance starts to empty.
Cooked chicken can be kept in the fridge once it has cooled down completely. As long as it is in an airtight container and the fridge is below 8°C, cooked chicken can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.
Moldy food can easily contaminate other food stored in your fridge through spores in the air. To avoid this, throw the moldy food out immediately, along with any uncovered open food near it. You should always try to store your food in containers.
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