Monday, July 15, 2013

Make the Most of Your Refrigerator

A refrigerator is an important purchase for your home. To maintain its efficiency and durability, you should be well versed with tips on how to use your fridge properly.

Then And Now

From stacking food on ice to preserving it in modern day refrigerators, we have indeed come a long way. A refrigerator offers a plethora of choices. It allows you to keep food fresh for longer. You can store and preserve off season food items, shop in bulk and have a wide array of food in your home. The newer models have features like automatic defrosting, power alert, adjustable shelves, eco-friendly personalities, etc.

Inside Outside

Make the most of this goody box. Most new models have ample space and functional designs to help you maximise the use of this appliance. However, there are still some things that you can do to optimise space usage in the fridge. Stack items properly on the various shelves and divisions in the refrigerator.  You can use see through containers so it becomes easy to pull out something without disturbing the other items. Place items in a manner that you don’t lose them or allow the food to expire. This is helpful when you have to replenish the fridge. Maintain a healthy flow of air around this goody box. This is important as the coils heat up the air and it needs to be replaced with cooler air. Dust and clean the coils from time to time.

Care For Food

We are so dependent on a refrigerator for our daily requirements. There are simple ways in which we can make sure food stays fresh for a longer period. Most refrigerators have fruit and vegetable bins with humidity control. Some fruits and vegetables may require some sort of packaging while storing them in the fridge to retain flavour, texture and colour. Dairy products should be stored in the main compartment of the fridge. Use the door shelf to store ketchup, juice and other taller items. Do not refreeze foods that have thawed fully.

Save Energy

The refrigerator runs 24 hours, 365 days a year; naturally, it consumes a lot of electricity. To ensure that your fridge is energy efficient, clean the inside parts regularly. A full freezer feels nice, but uses more electricity. Set lower freezer settings for maximum efficiency. Do not open the door of the fridge and stand wondering what you need. The longer the door is open, the tougher it is for the machine to cope with the heat and change in temperature. Tight door seal is crucial when the refrigerator door is closed as this sets the motor off if the temperature deviates from the required setting. 

This guest post was written by Olivia, a culinary enthusiast who loves to experiment in the kitchen. She writes on lifestyle topics like fashion, travel and food for brands and blogs.

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lencilicious said...

This post reminds me of my Mom's never ending reminder of do not open the fridge door for long. I agree, cleaning it regularly is important to save energy.

Marie said...

I think our fridge is the one place in the kitchen I slack more, I usually clean it out once in a while when I can't fit nothing else in there. lol We did recently have to repair the freezer though, thankfully hubby could do it. It keep over freezing in the back like an air conditioner does. I was so glad it was fixed our milk kept going bad so fast. I'm sure other stuff did too, but milk was the main thing we noticed ohh and sour cream got sour! lol

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