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Refrigerator Care

  • Refrigerators keep our food cold. At colder temperatures food is preserved for longer periods of time.
  • The normal operating temperature of a refrigerator is between 34°F – 41°F. Lower temperatures may cause food to freeze; higher temperatures may lead to food spoilage. The freezer compartment should be kept at 0°F.
  • Frequently opening and closing the refrigerator door will cause the temperature to fluctuate, causing food to spoil faster and consuming additional energy.
  • More perishable food should be stored in the coldest area of the refrigerator close to the top under the freezer section; less perishable food can be stored on the bottom shelf or on the refrigerator door.
  • Fruits and vegetables should be stored inside the bottom crispers. Vegetables can be stored in the warmest part of the refrigerator as they require a storage temperature of about 50°F.
  • Overfilling the refrigerator shelves could restrict the flow of cold air, which could cause the temperature to rise higher than is recommended.
  • You should regularly clean your refrigerator in order to keep your food fresh as long as possible. A good time to clean your fridge would be when you are out of food and before going shopping for fresh products.
  • Cleaning any spills or food that has dropped onto the shelves is very important, as these spills could contaminate your fresh food with bacteria and cause it to spoil faster.
  • A well-maintained refrigerator will keep your perishable food fresher and safer for a longer period of time, and will save you time, money and energy.