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How do I store food safely?

There are benefits to storing foods the right way. In addition to preventing foodborne illness, you also can preserve quality and taste.

Follow these five basic rules:
  • Set your refrigerator temperature below 40 degrees F and your freezer below 0 degrees F. Use a refrigerator thermometer to ensure temperatures.
  • Store leftovers in airtight, shallow containers (2 inches deep or less).
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers within two hours of cooking.
  • Use or freeze packaged items by the "sell-by" or "use-by" date.
  • Store canned goods in a cool area away from light.

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