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A healthy lifestyle starts with a healthy refrigerator but many people don’t know how best to use this vital appliance properly. You might think that you understand the fridge (it’s basic, right?) but read on to find out all the things you didn’t know. From maintenance to organization, this is how to keep your refrigerator healthy.
Fridge Maintenance is a Thing
Once your fridge is installed, you might think that you are good to go, but you should do some maintenance to make sure that it continues to work perfectly throughout its lifespan. You are really looking for your fridge to last at least 10 years and around 13 years is the average lifespan. If you can get it to last longer then you are looking at a winner.
To make sure that your fridge works best, you should also clear and clean it out on a regular basis. You want to avoid any blockages causing problems with drainage as well as things getting stuck to the back and freezing as a result. All you need to do is throw out any old food once a week and give the shelves a quick wipe over to get rid of any spillages and crumbs.
Though you might assume that once a fridge goes wrong (doesn’t cool, cools too much, leaks) that is the end of it’s life, but you should start with a refrigerator repair company first. It might be quite a simple repair that gives your fridge a new lease of life.
What Temperature Should Your Refrigerator Be?
The humble fridge is important because it ensures that fresh food remains cold, allowing you to keep it much longer. This is ideal because we modern cooks prefer to do one shop a week and cook well every day. Keeping fresh food this long is also perfect for maintaining a good balanced diet.
The right temperature is crucial because you want to make sure that no bacteria can grow while the food is stored. According to the FDA, the ideal temperature for a refrigerator is somewhere between 1*c to 4*c or below 40* F. At this temperature bacteria like E. coli, salmonella and C. botulinum will be prevented or at the very least, slowed down.
What is the Best Way to Organize the Fridge?
The first rule is quite simple: all meats should be kept at the very bottom of the fridge. Again, this is to make sure that no juices can get onto other foods - which could be quite dangerous over time - and the meat is at the coolest part of the fridge. If you have an egg rack in your fridge, this is quite a big hint about where they should go, but if you don’t, the middle is a good option.
The next rule of keeping anything in the fridge is ensuring that it is kept in a container to prevent any juices or spillages. This is always best because no one like getting things out and having to wipe them down before they can be used! Otherwise, just make sure that you can see and reach everything and get rid of old foods on a regular basis.