Safely storing food at home involves a few simple guidelines. Keep these tips in mind when storing your food:
- Refrigerator temperature should be 40 degrees F or below. Don’t rely on your refrigerator’s temperature settings to monitor temperature; use a stand-alone thermometer.
- To prevent mold growth on foods, clean the refrigerator every few months, and keep humidity in your house under 40 percent.
- Place eggs in the coldest part of the refrigerator, not on the door.
- Freezer temperature should be 0 degrees F or below.
- Buying in bulk? Eggs, milk and cheese can be frozen.
- Store shelf-stable products in a cool, clean, dry place. Avoid places with temperature extremes or moisture.
- Acidic canned foods (fruit or tomatoes) can be stored for 12 – 18 months.
- Other canned meats and vegetables can be stored for up to 2 – 5 years.
Remember, if there is any question at all about the safety of a food, better safe than sorry. If in doubt, throw it out!