How can I avoid getting mold on my refrigerated food?

By Susan Brewer, Ph.D., University of Illinois,
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Molds like damp environments, and many can grow well in cool temperatures (although most prefer warm temperatures).  To prevent mold on food in the refrigerator, you must prevent the build-up of spores. Every few months, the refrigerator should be cleaned with 1 tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water, rinsed with clear water, and dried. Visible mold (usually black) on rubber seals should be scrubbed off with a tablespoon of bleach in a quart of water.
Susan Brewer, Ph.D., R.D. University of Illinois, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition


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