Don't overload the refrigerator. Parties are a dangerous time because you cram a lot of stuff into the refrigerator and then you're continually opening the door, causing the refrigerator temperature to fluctuate greatly. Turn the temperature down during these occasions.
Cover foods tightly.
Leave meats in their original packaging to prevent spreading bacteria.
Don't store breads, cookies, or most cakes in the refrigerator. They will become stale.
Tell your family not to stand gazing slack-jawed into the open refrigerator while they decide what they want to eat.
If you lose power, do not open your refrigerator or freezer. If the door is not opened, food should keep eight hours in the refrigerator and 48 hours in the freezer.
How Long Food Keeps in the Refrigerator
Refrigerating foods helps keep them fresh, but they still won't last forever. Here are a few examples of how long it's safe to keep some foods.
Poultry, fish, ground meats
How Long It's Safe
2 to 14 days
1 to 2 days
3 to 5 day
1 week opened; 2 weeks unopened
5 to 7 days
1 to 6 months (opened in the fridge)
Best advice when it comes to your refrigerator and food safety: When in doubt, throw it away. A little thriftiness is not worth a tummy ache. Instead, ensure your refrigerator temperature is within safe limits.