Maximize Food Safety in a Mini-Fridge

Reviewed by Wendy Marcason, RDN


College is a busy time full of new experiences. Many students may live in a dorm and use a dorm-size "mini-fridge," which hardly compares to the large, fully stocked fridge at home. Even though a mini fridge may be small, the same food safety principles apply.

Tips for College Students: The Refrigerator

Follow these tips and remember to refrigerate foods quickly and at the proper temperature to slow the growth of bacteria and prevent food poisoning.

  • The refrigerator temperature must be 40°F or below and the freezer must be at or below 0°F.
  • While refrigerator size may vary, it's important to not over pack the refrigerator as cool air needs to circulate to keep food safe.
  • Keep the refrigerator closed as much as possible and don't store perishable foods like milk and eggs in the door, place them at the bottom center of the refrigerator instead.
  • Refrigerate all perishables including leftovers within two hours (one hour if it is over 90°F outside). In other words, don't eat that pizza that was left out all night.
  • Maintain a clean refrigerator and remove expired foods. Learn more about food safety labels and download the free Is My Food Safe? app.

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