Refrigerating Food and Refrigerator Care

How To Wrap Foods For Refrigeration

Here are some tips for wrapping foods for refrigeration:
  • When refrigerating pre-packaged raw meat, poultry, or fish, don’t remove it from its original packing.  Food scientist Susan Brewer, Ph.D., explains why:  “In the U.S., most meat in the retail case is packaged in ‘modified atmosphere packaging,’ which is high in carbon dioxide.  The purpose of the CO2 is to suppress microbial growth.  If you unwrap the meat, you lose this protection.  In addition, every time you handle the meat, it becomes contaminated by the air, hand, and contact surfaces. Leave it in its original packaging (unless you are breaking it down to freeze it, in which case, microorganisms won’t grow).“

Proper Handling Of Produce In The Crisper(s)

  • Fruit should be ripe before being placed in the refrigerator because cooler temperatures slow down ripening.  Allow fruit to ripen at room temperature before refrigerating. 
  • Once it’s ripe, in general, fruit should be refrigerated to extend its shelf life.

Power Outage? Here’s What to Do with All That Food in the Fridge

FridgeBrutal rainstorms, flooding, hurricanes, and snowstorms can all leave you with no electricity and a fridge and freezer full of food.  All those “f”s and no electricity may cause you to think of another word beginning with “f,” but swearing won’t help.  Instead, go to the link below for advice on what to do in  either of these situations:


1) when you have some warning beforehand that a natural disaster is coming, and

2) when you don’t. 


These trustworthy tips from the USDA will help you salvage some of your perishable edibles and make the  natural disaster a bit less of a financial disaster for your food budget.

New Invention Detects Sour Milk

Electronic milk jugIf you don’t trust your nose or your taste buds, there’s a new product being developed that will tell you when your milk has gone sour.  It’s the Cravendale milk jug, and here’s how it works:  A sensor built into the base measures the acidity of the milk.  The sensor is linked to an LCD screen on the side of the jug, and it gives you a message  “Fresh”  or “Sour.”  In addition, an alarm system alerts you when the milk sours.

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