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Are You Allowing Mold To Attack Your Food From All Sides

Dec 16, 2007
We have all had mold in our refrigerator at some point or another, but most of us just accept that this is going to happen and there's not much that we can do about it.

Food ages in our refrigerator whether it's a piece of fruit, a vegetable, or a jar of grape jelly and becomes moldy over time. This mold spreads to the other items in our fridge and contaminates them, as well. What can you do about it?

Well, storing your food in your refrigerator properly is one of the most important things that you can do. Mold, bacteria, and mildew will start to grow in your fridge if you don't. Check your food items in the fridge regularly and if anything is showing signs of mold growth, remove it immediately.

Don't leave cracked egg shells in the carton. Bacteria exists on the outside of the egg shells and once on the inside, even if you've removed most of the egg, some of it still remains on the inside of the shell and bacteria will feed on it.

There are some general rules if you find food that has mold growing on it. There are some kinds of cheeses that are made with mold, but sometimes we see a spot of it that shouldn't be there, like on a block of cheddar cheese.

You don't have to throw the whole block away, just take a clean knife and cut off the moldy part. It's best to cut about an inch around and an inch underneath the spot to make sure that it doesn't contaminate the rest of the block and don't touch your knife to the mold. Don't bother trying to save any soft cheeses or individual slices or sour cream.

You should follow the same rule for things like country ham and hard salami. If it's covered with mold, though, toss it.

Any fruits and vegetables that are showing mold can be treated this way as long as they're hard natured. Soft ones like plums or tomatoes should be thrown away if you see mold.

Any grains that you see with mold on them should be thrown away immediately. Be careful about any organic food that you buy; these don't contain any pesticides or preservatives, they're more likely to have mold growth.

Any tissue in potatoes that looks black or discolored in any way should be cut off.
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