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How to Store Food Safely in a Fridge or Freezer

Last month I talked about the best ways of cleaning a refrigerator.  This time I am going to run through the basics of safely storing food in a fridge or freezer.

One of the worst things we can do is throw out food because it has gone off.  It is bad for the environment and a waste of your money.  Sensible storage can cut down this food waste dramatically.

First things first.  Always wash your hands before handling food, whether it is cooking or putting away.  Most fridges have a meat locker at the bottom of the fridge.  Use this to store raw meat, poultry and fish away from other foods so they can’t be contaminated.

Make sure that the temperature of your fridge is 40 degrees F or cooler and that your freezer is 0 degrees F.

Tagged in: foods freezer fridge
Dealing with Ice Build-Up in Fridges & Freezers

To my mind this is one of the most common problems that occur with fridges or freezers but one that can be readily dealt with.  The visible sign of a problem is the build-up of one of two types of ice.

Most often powdered ice is the problem.  It has the appearance almost of snow and is found in freezers or ice boxes.  The cause is condensation.  Warm air from outside the appliance is somehow getting in and then turning to ice when it meets the cold air inside.

The things to look for are:

•    Door seals not sealing properly
•    Door not closing properly
•    Door seals that are distorted, torn or split

The other type of ice is solid ice and is usually the result of a water leak of some kind.

If it is possible, arrange to defrost the fridge or freezer.  The safest way is to turn it off and let it completely defrost naturally.

Do not attempt to chip the ice off with a sharp implement.  You run the risk of damaging the evaporator which will effectively kill your appliance.  Your warranty will not cover what is described as ‘customer misuse’.

I do not recommend using electrical means to try and speed up the process such as utilising a hairdryer.  Having electricity and water in close proximity can be extremely dangerous.

If you would like us to take a look at your frozen freezer, give our friendly team a call on 01452 730874 and we’ll arrange for an engineer to visit.

Tagged in: cold fridge ice