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Make Over Your Fridge

Is the inside of your fridge more scary than safe? Test your food safety smarts with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What temperature is considered the safe zone for the fridge?

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The correct answer is: Check to make sure the internal temperature of the refrigerator is in the safe zone between 34 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit by placing a refrigerator thermometer in the center of the middle shelf.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

How long does it take bacteria to double in number after the fridge temperature rises above 40 degrees Fahrenheit?

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The correct answer is: When temperatures reach the "Danger Zone" between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, bacteria numbers can double in as little as 20 minutes. The spread of bacteria can promote unpleasant odors, spoiled food and foodborne illnesses.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: The "use by" and "best if used by" date is a safety-related date.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The "use by" or "best if used by" date is not a safety-related date. It's the last date recommended for use of the product at optimal quality. However, the expiration date is just that — don't consume a product after this date.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How often should you clean the fridge?

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The correct answer is: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recently performed a survey that found that 20 percent of people admitted their fridge wasn't clean; further, about 18 percent didn't even know if their fridge was clean. Ward off foodborne illnesses and bacteria with this weekly ritual: get rid of perishable foods, check the fridge temp and give it a good scrub!

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these items can give your fridge a fresh smell?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Is your fridge stinky? Put an open container of fresh coffee grounds or baking soda in the bottom of the fridge or perk it up by placing a cotton swab soaked in vanilla inside it.

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What's the household item that can help you get rid of stubborn odors in your fridge?

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The correct answer is: If nothing else has worked and you've still got a stinky fridge, try this: After washing the inside of the fridge with baking soda and water, stuff it with rolled newspapers and leave them in there for a few days. After you remove the paper, clean the fridge with vinegar and water, then apply your favorite odor-reducing trick from the question above. Voila! You've now got a clean and fresh-smelling fridge!

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How long can you store raw meat in the fridge?

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The correct answer is: Raw meat can be stored in the fridge for up to three days maximum, or in the freezer for up to six months.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Where should you store meat in the fridge?

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The correct answer is: It's important to store meat at the bottom of the fridge, so its juices won't drip onto other foods.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which sealable container will help cool food quickly in the fridge?

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The correct answer is: Storing food carefully ensures freshness and taste, plus it will keep bacteria at bay. Use sealable containers that are shallow (two inches or less, if possible) to help cool food quickly.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which leftovers can't be stored longer than two days in your fridge?

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The correct answer is: In general, most perishable leftover foods have a shelf life of just three to five days. However, different foods have different timelines, and leftover seafood should be trashed after two days in the fridge.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Lunch meats can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.

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The correct answer is: It depends. Luncheon meats should be kept in the fridge for three to five days after opening, or can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks if unopened.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Greek yogurt, low fat cheeses and hummus should be placed at the front of refrigerator shelves.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Place ready-to-eat healthy items like fruits and veggies, Greek yogurt, one-ounce portions of low-fat cheeses and hummus at the front of refrigerator shelves so they are within easy reach when you need a snack.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Where should you place your favorite indulgent foods?

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The correct answer is: Out of sight, out of mind. Place your favorite indulgent foods in the crisper to hide them. Or better yet, try eating them only when you are out of the house, so you're not tempted to eat them at home.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which produce item doesn't actually need refrigeration?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Lemons, bananas and tomatoes do not need to be stored in the refrigerator.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How soon after peeling or cutting should produce be stored in the fridge?

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The correct answer is: The experts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommend refrigerating fresh produce within two hours of peeling or cutting.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Avocados should never be refrigerated.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Avocados should not be refrigerated until they are ripe. Once they are ripe, they can be kept refrigerated for up to a week if they have not been sliced. Once sliced or mashed, avocado will keep refrigerated for one day. Here's a tip: Keep the pit in contact with the flesh to retain freshness.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these oils should be refrigerated?

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The correct answer is: Oils that have herbs or garlic in them must be refrigerated to prevent botulism food poisoning.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Where should eggs be stored in the refrigerator?

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The correct answer is: Try not to store eggs in the door, as variations in temperature caused by the opening and closing of the door can contribute to spoiling.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which foods should be stored in the warmer zone of the refrigerator?

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The correct answer is: All of the above should be stored in the warmer section of the fridge. Store ripened melons, corns with the husks on and unwashed mushrooms stored in a paper bag in a warmer zone of the refrigerator.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Apples that are stored next to strong-smelling foods can actually absorb their odors.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Store apples in a cool zone of the fridge away from strong-smelling foods, so they won't absorb odors. If the refrigerator is jammed, you can also store apples in a cool, dark place.

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