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Cold Food Storage

Proper cold food storage is essential to prevent foodborne illnesses and maintain the quality of your food. When storing cold foods, it’s crucial to keep perishable items like meats, dairy products, and prepared dishes at a temperature of 40°F (4.4°C) or below. Use a refrigerator thermometer to ensure accuracy. Store raw meats on the bottom shelf to prevent cross-contamination. Keep leftovers in airtight containers and label them with the date to track freshness. Regularly clean and organize your fridge to avoid overcrowding and ensure proper air circulation. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your cold food remains safe, delicious, and free from harmful bacteria.

The chart to the right provides the proper food storage for refrigerated items. You may save the .pdf or download it to your device.