Bloody Mozzarella Sticks
Gordon Ramsay star of Kitchen Nightmares
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Gordon Ramsay Delivers an Impassioned Tutorial on Food Safety After Discovering Bloody Mozzarella Sticks

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits a restaurant kitchen where foods aren’t being stored properly -- which can be unsafe and downright disgusting!

Prepare to be horrified when you see what is taking place in this restaurant kitchen. Check out this clip below as Chef Ramsay goes through the refrigerators to find a multitude of foods that no customer should be eating!

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Chef Ramsay finds slimy scallops, smelly chicken tenders, and a stack of chicken wings that are frozen together. The staff tells Ramsay that the wings are two-days old, but he is not buying it. He later holds up a piece of raw salmon that he says looks like, “it’s been left out for days and attacked by cats!”

From the refrigerator, Ramsay pulls out a box of mozzarella sticks which have dried blood from meat mixed in! As one of the owners commented in response to seeing how the food is stored: “I want to throw up!” 

We agree! 

Chef Ramsay shouts at the kitchen staff, “Rule number one, you can not store raw meat and cooked meat on the same shelf in the same fridge. The whole thing has cross contamination.” 

The owners of this restaurant are seeing what a lack of supervision and no food safety protocol looks like in their kitchen. Avoid these same mistakes on a smaller scale at your own home with these storage basics according to the FDA.

Abide by the 2-Hour Rule

Foods that require refrigeration should never be left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. That includes your meats, seafoods, eggs, and produce. 

Make Sure Your Fridge Is Cold and Your Freezer Is Even Colder

Your fridge should be at or below 40ºF (between 0ºC and 5ºC). Your freezer should be  0° F (-18° C).

Check Your Food Labels

People often don’t realize when certain foods need to be refrigerated once opened. Make sure to always check those labels on jars and containers! When in doubt, refrigerate! Certain items you may not always think about putting in there, like nuts, will last longer if refrigerated.

Open Your Eyes and Use Your Nose

If you’re wondering if food in the refrigerator is still good to eat, often your nose can be your guide. Anything that smells suspicious, especially meats and dairy products, likely needs to go. Similarly, mold is a sign that food is bad. Always toss any items you find it on.

Understand Proper Meat Storage

Raw meat and poultry should be stored in clean, sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge, so they can't touch or drip onto other food. Cooked meat should first be cooled before storing in the refrigerator. As Chef Ramsay let them know in the above video, keep those meats separated! 

A Few More Tips You May Not Know About

It’s a bit tricky, given that many refrigerators have built-in storage containers on the door for eggs. However, eggs should remain on the shelf, in their carton, since the temperature on the door tends to be warmer than desired. 

Also, avoid overcrowding the refrigerator. You may like the look of a fully-stocked refrigerator, but if it’s too crammed, it may prevent air from circulating by blocking the vents, thus restricting air circulation and reducing energy efficiency.

Freezer burn does not mean you have to toss out the food -- at least for safety reasons. Freezer burn can occur when food is not securely wrapped in air-tight packaging. The food may not taste as good though, so do try and store your frozen foods in tightly sealed containers. 

To learn more about food storage and how long you should keep common household items in the freezer and the refrigerator, check out our article here.