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Chill right for better food safety

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Food safety doesn’t begin or end with the preparation process. Storage before and after a meal plays an equally important part in keeping food clean and safe for human consumption. Modern refrigerators designed with multiple compartments for different foods like the Electrolux EQE6307SA and ESE5687SB are especially suited to keeping ingredients fresh and reducing the risk of contamination. We look at how you can utilise various storage features for better food safety.

Separate raw meat and seafood

Placing food items properly in the fridge can reduce the risk of contamination. 
It’s important to keep raw meat and seafood away from foods that will be eaten uncooked, such as salads, fruits and bread. Food that won’t be cooked before consumption will not have any bacteria on them killed, so preventing contact or dripping of juices from the meat onto ready-to-eat foods is paramount. To this end, always cover raw meat or seafood properly before storing them on the bottom shelf of the fridge to prevent contamination.

If you must store raw meat or seafood above other items, do place them on a rimmed plate and be careful not to spill any juices when removing them from the fridge.

All Electrolux fridges are designed with a special crisper compartment  with adjustable humidity control to store fruits and vegetables. This also helps to keep the produce garden fresh. For frozen raw meat and seafood, the EQE6307SA’s two-door freezer compartment has seven slide-out drawers to help separate them from other foods like ice-cream.

Keep the temperature low

The Electrolux EQE6307SA has seven slide-out freezer drawers that can help to organise and separate your frozen food items.
Prevent bacteria from growing to harmful levels in your food by keeping the fridge temperature under 5°C. Leftovers should be cooled as quickly as possible, or within 90 minutes. Refrigerators like the Electrolux ESE5687SB come with a quick freeze and fast chill mode that lowers the temperature of the fridge and helps to cool or freeze items faster. This helps to keep food safe while assisting with preserving the flavour and texture of the food. Any leftovers from the fridge compartment should be consumed within two days.

Do also take into account the time the food spends outside the fridge, such as the trip home from the store, or the time it spends on the kitchen counter and in your bag when you pack meals to work. Ensure that your food spends less than four hours out in slightly warmer temperatures where bacteria can flourish.

Respect the dates on the label
Most packaged food items should feature a use-by date on the label. These are usually recommendations for when food should be consumed by. While they may still be eaten, it’s best not to take chances with it. Note that the use-by date is different from the sell-by date, which is the recommendation for when the food should be sold by in the store.

To help you remember when the food should be consumed, adopt a “first in first out” inventory of food in your fridge.  Items that need to be eaten soon should be placed in front and be more visible. The flexible shelving in the Electrolux EQE6307SA and ESE5687SB can be configured for an optimal arrangement of your food.

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