On which position?
Store perishable food in the refrigerator, at 4 degrees Celsius. Then you reduce the chance that you will get sick. At this temperature, bacteria and fungi hardly grow. It is therefore important to store perishable food in the refrigerator.
For refrigerators with rotary controls with different positions, you can use the following rule: With a rotary switch with 5 positions, set the temperature to position 3. With a rotary knob with 10 positions, set the temperature to position 6. If you are unsure of the right temperature, then buy a special thermometer for your refrigerator. You can buy it at household stores.
Do not get more out of the fridge than you need
Pour milk into cups and put the package back in the refrigerator. Place a few slices of meat on a plate and put the rest back in the fridge. After an hour outside the refrigerator, the shelf life has already become shorter by one day. Close the fridge quickly after you have taken something out.
TIP: Storing a lot of groceries? Then temporarily raise the fridge so that everything cools down quickly.
Set up your refrigerator correctly
- Note the expiration date when you clean up the groceries.
- Place food with the shortest shelf life in front. This is especially important with refrigerated products, because they spoil faster.
- Put meat and fish in the fridge at the bottom. That is the coldest place, moreover, no juices from the meat or fish can leak onto other products.
- Store vegetables in the vegetable drawer. There the temperature is somewhat higher than in the refrigerator and the vegetables are not damaged by the cold.
- Store eggs in the refrigerator. This reduces the chance of spoilage.
Freeze your food properly
Set the temperature of the freezer to at least 18 degrees. Do not put too many products in the freezer at the same time. Freeze food in small portions. Then it freezes faster and there is no or less condensation or ice in the freezer.
Allow products to cool quickly
Allow cliques to cool before placing them in the fridge or freezer. If you put them in the fridge too quickly, the temperature in the fridge will become too high and your shopping will spoil faster. If you place them in the freezer too quickly, you will experience ice formation around the product.
Cliques cool faster if you put the container or pan in a layer of cold water. Do not leave the cliques outside the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
A few tips about defrosting meat:
- Do not allow food such as meat to thaw on the kitchen counter, on the heater or in hot water, but place the meat covered on a plate or in a dish in the refrigerator. This way you prevent the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
- Smaller pieces of meat can also be defrosted in the microwave with the defrost setting. Then prepare the meat immediately after thawing.
- Large pieces of meat are less suitable for defrosting in the microwave, because the outside is already cooked, while the inside is still frozen.
- Rinse the remaining meat juice after thawing.
Keep leftovers the right way
Keep leftovers covered for a maximum of 2 days in the refrigerator. That way you don’t give bacteria a chance. Use a container with a lid or cling film. Do you keep leftovers in the freezer? As a reminder, put the date on the tray with leftovers before it enters the freezer.
What to do in the event of a power failure
If the freezer fails due to a power outage, products remain frozen for around 24 hours. As long as they are frozen, you can freeze them again. If the refrigerator fails due to a power failure, you should pay attention to the temperature of perishable products. When these products have become warmer than 7 degrees, it is wise to use them immediately. Above a temperature of around 15 degrees it is better to throw away all perishable food from the refrigerator.
What if ‘to use until’ date has expired
Products that can only be stored for a short time, such as meat, chicken, fish, pre-sliced vegetables and chilled meals have a ‘to use’ date (TGT). That date is the last day on which it is still safe to eat the product. At least: if you have saved it according to the information on the package.
By freezing products with a TGT date at home immediately, the shelf life can be extended beyond the TGT date. Products with a ‘best before’ date (THT) can often still be eaten until after this date. Look, smell and taste to determine this.