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Safe storage of food in refrigerator

The recommended storage times of food in a refrigerator or fridge has been recommended by many reputable agencies world wide. Here we will bring you the recommendations of storage times in a fridge or freezer from some well known world institutions. 

The US Government Food Safety website has a table on their website reproduced below, about storage Times in the Refrigerator and Freezer. To quote from their website: “These short but safe time limits for home-refrigerated foods will keep them from spoiling or becoming dangerous to eat. The guidelines for freezer storage are for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. For storage times for eggs and foods made with eggs, see Egg Storage Chart”. As mentioned above, this is the table from the US Government Food Safety website reproduced below

How to store food in a fridge safely, How long can food be kept in a fridge

below 40°F/4°C
below 0°F/-18°C
SaladsEgg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads3 to 5 daysDoes not freeze well
Hot dogsopened package1 week1 to 2 months
unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months 
Luncheon meatopened package or deli sliced3 to 5 days1 to 2 months
unopened package2 weeks1 to 2 months 
Bacon & SausageBacon7 days1 month
Sausage, raw — from chicken, turkey, pork, beef1 to 2 days1 to 2 months 
Hamburger & Other Ground MeatsHamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them1 to 2 days3 to 4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & PorkSteaks3 to 5 days6 to 12 months
Chops3 to 5 days4 to 6 months 
Roasts3 to 5 days4 to 12 months 
Fresh PoultryChicken or turkey, whole1 to 2 days1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces1 to 2 days9 months 
Soups & StewsVegetable or meat added3 to 4 days2 to 3 months
LeftoversCooked meat or poultry3 to 4 days2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties3 to 4 days1 to 3 months 
Pizza3 to 4 days1 to 2 months 

US FDA recommendations of safe storage of food in a refrigerator or fridge

US Food and Drug Administration or FDA recomendations on food storage in a refrigerator or freezer are given on their website.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India or FSSAI is responsible for the food safety of India and this is what it says on its website

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 as a statutory body for laying down science based standards for articles of food and regulating manufacturing, processing, distribution, sale and import of food so as to ensure safe and wholesome food for human consumption ….MORE

Unfortunatly this site is more for businesses and has no advise for consumers, like on how long food can be storaged in the fridge in Indian conditions

How long can food be in a fridge without power

In India this is a very important point, because of the unreliable electricity in many places in India. The important thing to remember is not to open the fridge when there is no electricity, everytime the door of the fridge is opened the cold air in the fridge escapes and hot air takes its place, raising the temeperature of the food inside. How long can food be in a fridge without power depends mainly on the insulation efficiency of the fridge. Almost all manufacturers have their fridges insulated with PUF (Poly Uratane foam) whic is one of the best insulating materials. LG recently claims to have special fridges which can stay cold and preserve food inside for longer times without power.

Advantage of Online buying of Home Appliances

Whatever Home Appliance you plan to buy, it is best to first do an online research about all available types and models on the leading online retailers in India, namely Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal. The advantage of first doing an online research about products you plan to buy is that you get to see all the available models of the product and you get to compare prices online. After this you can go around to the showrooms and do window shopping.

You should then decide to buy from the cheapest and most reliable source. When buying online, you can be sure that you will not get fake products and you are assured of after sales service. This is because the giant on-line retailers arrange for delivery to your house directly through the manufacturers of the product. Due to the high volume of business from the big online retailers, all manufacturers will make sure that any delivery on behalf of the big online retailers are of the best quality and that after sales service is provided on a priority basis.

If ever you have any problems, then you can go back to these online retailers and complain. All of these big online sellers have a reputation to keep and they always make sure that all complaints are promptly solved.

Advantage of buying AC, Fridge, Washing Machine, etc. online

Buying online fridges, washing machines, dishwashers and other major kitchen appliances is now the better option in India, just like it is in the USA and other advanced countries. There are several advantages of buying online. First of all, you get unbeatable bargain prices. Secondly, you get new and genuine products. Other benefits include no interest EMI payments, able to return the product for a full refund if not satisfied, etc.

Just to give you an example, below are some of the benefits Amazon India, the leading global online retailer, offered in India during their last sale. The same deals are not always available, but it is a good idea to check this link to the special offers page on India website.

Link to deals