Food Safety Basics: Test Your Knowledge

Leftovers, defrosting, refrigerating and more
January 11, 2013

You may feel that you are quite knowledgeable on food safety, but you may be surprised at what you do not know or what you have been taught wrongly.
However, one mistake in food safety can equal a dangerous situation for you and your family. Quiz yourself on the following information. You may just find out something new.

How Long Can Leftovers be Kept in the Refrigerator?

Many people use the smell and taste test no matter how long the leftovers have been in the refrigerator. They think as long as the items taste and smell ok, then they are ok. This is not the case. According to the Mayo Clinic, most leftovers are good in the refrigerator for no more than three or four days.

How Long Can Leftovers Be Kept at Room Temperature?

Sometimes, you may have a group over or an event going on and you may just not have the time to put the leftovers away safely. Leftovers need to be put away within two hours. If they stay out for longer, then they could be growing potential bacteria and need to be thrown away.

How Should Seafood be Defrosted?

Many types of meat can be set out to defrost at room temperature, but this is not the case with seafood. In fact, seafood should be kept in the freezer and then immediately defrosted in the microwave or in the refrigerator when it is to be used.

How Long Can Eggs Stay Good in the Refrigerator?

Many people do not understand how long the eggs can stay good, and this could equal sickness if they are consumed after they have gone bad. Eggs should be kept no longer than four or five weeks in the refrigerator. After that, they could be bad.

How did you do on this quiz? Did you know the proper basic food safety etiquette? If not, then you will want to make changes in how you handle food.