Can You Pass This Refrigerator Food Safety Quiz?

Can You Pass This Refrigerator Food Safety Quiz?

Food Safety Quiz

Refrigerator-Food-Safety-QuizAre you ready for the great refrigerator food safety quiz? People always seem to ask me questions about refrigerator storage of their food.

Here are some of the questions that seem to come up in conversation on a more regular basis and more importantly, the answers.

The answers to the food safety quiz are at the bottom. Quiz your family and friends, too.

Food Safety Quiz Questions

Q1: If I opened a package of beef bologna a week ago Monday and the date on the package is two months away so how long is it good for?

Q2: What types of food should I store in the door?

Q3: What is the safe temperature range for a refrigerator?

Q4: What is an effective, economical way to cut down on refrigerator odors?

Q5: Is it okay to thaw meat in the meat drawer next to deli meats?

Q6: What are the differences between a “best buy”  date, a “use by” date and an expiration date?

Food Safety Quiz Answers

A1: According to USDA guidelines the lunchmeat is safe for 3-5 days.

A2: The temperatures in the door area are not as consistent as the main cavity of the refrigerator so it is best not to store foods that are perishable there. Use it for condiments, butter, hard cheeses, and soda not for eggs and milk.

A3: The safe temperature range for a refrigerator is somewhere between 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

A4: You can use an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator. Don’t forget you can easily use a cheap generic version of this product.

A5: No. You must make sure to keep all foods away from any chance contact with raw meats juices. I thaw out my sealed meat in a pie plate in the meat tray or in a deep bowl so it does not have any chance to leak.

A6: According to the USDA terms are defined as follows:

“Sell-By” tells a store how long to display the product for sale. It should be purchased before that date expires.

“Best if Used By” or “Best if Used Before” date is recommended for quality and is not a purchase or safety date.

“Use-By” date is the last date recommended for the use of the product while at peak quality. The date has been determined by the manufacturer of the product.

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Tracy Schmidt is a homesteading writer, <i>Living Ready</i> contributor, self-sufficiency advocate and author of <a href="" title="Best venison recipes"><i>Venison Wisdom Cookbook: 200 Delicious and Easy-to-Make Recipes</i></a>, a <i>Living Ready</i> top pick for all whitetail hunters. She and her husband, <a href="" title="Whitetail deer hunting magazine"><i>Deer & Deer Hunting</i></a> magazine editor Daniel Schmidt, grow food and harvest wild game to feed their family.


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