Food poisoning occurs when the food you eat has become contaminated, often due to improper preparation and handling of the food. You can experience food poisoning from eating food long after its expiration date, or from eating food that has not been cooked thoroughly, such as chicken and other meats. One of the major ways to prevent food poisoning is to store food properly in your home and refrigerator after you have purchased it and even after you have generated leftovers. Continue reading this article to learn how you can properly store food to prevent you or your family from experiencing food poisoning.
Keep the temperature of your refrigerator below 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius). Temperatures below this level will help maintain the freshness of your food; especially since bacteria thrives in temperatures between 41 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (5 and 60 degrees Celsius).
Allow your leftovers to cool completely before refrigerating. If you place warm or hot food in the refrigerator, not only can it increase the temperature of your refrigerator, but the steam and condensation captured in the container will encourage the growth of bacteria.
Transfer leftover canned goods to containers. After canned goods have been opened, they can transfer metal properties from the tin over to the remaining food inside, causing contamination.
Cover all your foods before placing them in the refrigerator. This will prevent your food from being exposed to juices, liquids, and other forms of contamination that may come into contact with uncovered food.
Store raw food away from cooked food. This will help prevent bacteria from spreading between raw foods, such as chicken and meat, over to your cooked foods.
Dispose of old or expired foods immediately. If you continue to store food that is rotten, moldy, or past its expiration date, it may not only be contaminated, but may transfer bacteria to nearby items.