Here are a few helpful hints and tips when storing your food and using your
Food Storage Tips:
The Chill Factor.
Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods and leftovers within 2
hours or less. Marinate food in the refrigerator.
The Thaw Law. Don't thaw food on the counter. Food that's left out at room
temperature longer than 2 hours is not within a safe temperature range and
may not be safe to eat. Thaw food in the refrigerator, in cold water, or in
the microwave if you'll be cooking it immediately.
Divide and Conquer. Separate large amounts of leftovers into small, shallow
containers for quicker cooling in the refrigerator.
Avoid the Pack
Attack. Don't over-stuff the refrigerator. Cold air must circulate to
keep food safe.
Microwave Helpful Hints &
Never runt the microwave oven without food in
Compact and other low-wattage microwave ovens
(600 watts or less) may need longer cooking time than what is listed on some
recipes and packages.
Let food stand for 5 to 20 minutes after
cooking/reheating in the microwave to equalize the temperature throughout
the food for even heating.
Do not use jars and bottles since these may
crack or break when exposed to high heat.
To keep food with skin (e.g. potatoes) from
exploding, poke holes with a fork before cooking/reheating.
vegetables, keep these in mind:
Be sure the pieces are about the same size.
Season vegetables after heating. Salt pulls
liquid out of food and interferes with the microwaves. Salt should be added
to food after it is cooked/reheated in the microwave.
Cover vegetables for even heating; uncover
If crisper vegetables are preferred, reduce
Reheat ready-to-eat, take-out and precooked
food and leftovers to 165ºF (74ºC). Food should be steaming hot.
Cover foods with a lid or a microwave safe
plastic wrap to hold in moisture and provide safe, even reheating.
Cook meat, poultry, egg casseroles and fish
immediately after defrosting in the microwave oven.
Do not tamper with safety interlocks on the
oven door. Have them serviced by a qualified technician.
Children should always be supervised when
operating the microwave oven.