Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clean Out Your Refrigerator

Thanksgiving is coming. You know what that means: friends and family visiting, lots of food to buy and prepare. The day arrives, and you wade into the refrigerator looking for the chilled cranberry sauce. Where is it? Behind the container of Greek yogurt, that expired (is “use by” really that important?) 2 weeks ago? Maybe the cranberry sauce is lurking behind the carton of Chinese takeout from last week that you were going to eat for lunch … on Monday. Oops!

November 15th was National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. This annual event originated in 1995 by Whirlpool and is a good time to demonstrate just how varied and informative government documents can be. And though November 15th is past it’s never too late to take care of those culinary treasures in your refrigerator which have lost a bit of their nutritional luster.

So, grab a strong trash bag, don your plastic yellow gloves and put on your air filter face mask. But first, check out the treasure trove of government information below.

Food Safety from the USDA

Refrigeration and Food Safety

Food Product Dating

Fall and Winter Food Safety

What does “Fresh” turkey really mean?

Removing Odors from Refrigerators and Freezers

More Fact Sheets on food safety:

Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Chart

Frozen Foods and Power Outages

FoodSafety’s Channel on YouTube
Lots about turkey right now

Regulation of refrigerators and freezers

Refrigerator Safety Act

Warnings about children and unused refrigerators

Recalls by product type (freezer, refrigerator)
or all household products

Energy Efficiency

What is the Energy Star program , and does your refrigerator or freezer qualify?

How to Buy an Energy-Efficient Home Appliance

Find a qualified refrigerator or freezer

Federal Trade Commission, Appliance Energy Data

Appliance labeling FAQs

Incidentally, November 29 is “Throw Out Your Leftovers Day”. After reading through these government documents, I bet you will already have taken care of that!

Article contact: Cindy Roupe

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