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Food Safety: Cooling Food Before Refrigeration | Tuesday’s Tip of the Day!

Before adding heated food (think leftovers) to your chilled refrigerator, cool it at room temperature first!

First of all, the temperature of your refrigerator should be between 36ºF and 40ºF. No colder and definitely no warmer! By adding warm food to your refrigerator you increase the internal temperature by putting other perishable items at risk.  Instead, allow your food to cool at room temperature before sealing and placing inside. This way, other chilled items stay chilled and harmful bacteria never has a chance to develop and grow!

And since we are on the topic of proper temperatures, make sure your freezer registers 0ºF!

Cheers to starting a new tradition around The Table Together!



Tiffany Lewis

Founder and true believer in the power of bringing people around The Table Together!