Did you know that refrigerator is one of the favorite places of bacteria? They can easily spread there unless you take some necessary precautions. Here are some tips for protecting your refrigerator from bacteria.
How to place foods in refrigerator to prevent bacterial reproduction
Put animal products such as meat, fish, chicken, egg and dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese on the top shelf of your refrigerator. These foods are the ones which are most likely to cause bacteria, so they must be placed in the coldest part of refrigerator. As the shelf that is closest to the freezer is the coldest place in refrigerator, always store them on the top shelf.
Make sure cooked meat or chicken is not in the same place with raw meat or raw chicken. For instance, raw chicken can easily produce bacteria and if you put it in the same place with other foods, bacteria might spread on them too.
Store eggs in packages in which they are sold. Egg itself and egg shell have bacteria when raw. There is no danger of bacteria when cooked, but we should be careful about storing raw eggs in refrigerator. Although many people place eggs in the egg shelf of refrigerator, this is wrong. If there is another food like half lemon in that shelf, bacteria easily spread on it with a cross effect, so storing them in packages is the safest way. Don’t forget to wash your hands after touching or breaking eggs!
You can store leftover dishes under this top shelf.
Place vegetables and fruits in the bottom part. Take these foods from plastic bags before putting them in the refrigerator, otherwise plastic will effect your vegetables and fruits badly.
How to defreeze frozen foods
Never defreeze a frozen food at room temperature! Put it in a bowl and place it in refrigerator and wait it there. You can also defreeze it in cold water changing the water occasionally if you don’t have enough time. Also, you can do it in oven if your oven has that kind of function.
How should be the storing containers?
Containers made of glass are the best! It is not good just for milk. Milk is a great source of vitamin B2 and it might lose this vitamin if it is exposed to sunlight. It’s better to store them in opaque containers or in their packages.
Never reuse ice cream packages or yogurt packages as containers to store food. Expiration date on these products is not just for the products, but also for their packages. After the product finishes, throw its package away! These plastic packages are not for storing food, so do not reuse them! Otherwise, plastic causes some bad effects on your food.
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