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The importance of maintaining a steady fridge temperature

A study of over 200 chefs, completed by Enigma Project, revealed a third of chefs had worked in kitchens which served meat which is no longer fresh, or is spoiled.

One of the main ways to prevent meat from being spoiled is by making sure that your refrigerator and freezer has the correct temperature, particularly when it’s situated in hot working kitchens.

For a refrigerator, the recommended temperature is between 3℃ and 5℃, as at this temperature it slows bacterial growth and maintains quality of the food inside.  A lower temperature  could cause freezing in the fridge, which might lead to spoilage of the food.

If a refrigerator has a temperature higher than 5℃ then it is considered to be in the ‘danger zone‘. The reason it is called the ’danger zone‘ is because food stored above 5℃ causes harmful bacterium to spread quickly and can lead to E. coli, salmonella or listeria.

For a freezer, the ideal temperature is -18℃.  Freezing foods such as meat and seafood will stop any bacteria forming, allowing you to store the food for up to 1 year. However, freezing at a lower temperature than -18℃ can cause food, particularly meat and poultry, to lose its texture and flavour.

Either a refrigerator or freezer not set at the correct temperature consistently, can lead to food waste.  According to a study by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, British households throw away seven million tonnes of food waste every year — the equivalent of six meals a week.

Bunzl Catering Supplies’ partner supplier, Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd (ETI), is a digital thermometer manufacturer, producing digital thermometers, catering thermometers, moisture meters, pH meters, dataloggers and other related products.

Maintaining the correct temperature is essential for safe storage of food products and it is recommended to place a FoodSafe Fridge Freezer thermometer, produced by ETI, in your refrigerator and freezer because it is designed to react slowly, just like the food in your refrigerator and freezer. What this means is that you get a much more accurate indication of the temperature of the food in the refrigerator and freezer.

A traditional fridge thermometer only measures the air temperature. This is a major problem because cold air is heavier than warm air and therefore ’drops out of the fridge‘ the moment the door is opened.

The FoodSafe Fridge Freezer Thermometer, is an encased refrigerator thermometer that ensures that it indicates temperature like that of the food stored in the refrigerator or freezer. It is not subject to the changes in air temperature that normally occur when the door is opened.

The easy to read FoodSafe Fridge Freezer thermometer is ideal for domestic or commercial use, as it is reliable, robust and hygienic. The thermometer indicates temperature over the range of -25 to 40°C with an accuracy of ±1°C over the range of -5 to 20°C, 2°C thereafter.

The FoodSafe Fridge Freezer thermometer is easy to clean and easy to read, with clear safe zones indicated in green. Italso comes with a stainless-steel hook for hanging inside the fridge or freezer.

The FoodSafe Fridge Freezer thermometer joins Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI) wider range of thermometers: Thermapen, Catertemp, Printing Temperature Recorder and Infrared thermometers.

Images sourced from:

http://foodtemperature.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Food-Temperature-Danger-Zone.jpg

http://www.saga.co.uk/magazine/technology/home-technology/kitchen/how-to-buy-the-best-fridge-freezer

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