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What are recommendations for keeping food cold?

Lona Sandon
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Con Agra Foods web site, www.homefoodsafety.org, recommends using a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature is between 32-40 degrees F. Your freezer should stay at or below zero.

If packing a cooler, be sure to use plenty of ice and allow room for the ice to surround the food on all sides. Just putting the ice on top is not enough. Keep the cooler in a shaded area and avoid leaving it in a hot car. Only open the cooler when necessary.

If setting cold food out on a buffet for self-serve, fill a large bowl with ice and set the serving dish of food down into it.  This will help keep it cold. Food should not sit out more than 2 hours under room temperature conditions or more than 1 hour under warmer conditions. I recommend using multiple small serving dishes. Keep one refrigerated and then replace as needed. This way all of the food is not sitting out at once.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Put perishable food in the refrigerator as soon as you get home; never leave groceries out more than an hour after purchasing. If you leave food out at room temperature, the bacteria count doubles every 20 minutes. Your food should be stored in a clean refrigerator at 40 deg F or below, or freezer at 0 deg F or below. Thaw foods in the refrigerator and not at room temperature.

This content originally appeared on doctoroz.com.
 

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