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Foods Not to Freeze

When you go out on a large food haul, you’re probably going to have items that you want to place in your freezer to keep fresh for later. However, some foods are better off being kept in your refrigerator. In fact, some foods should never be frozen at all.

  1. Salad Greens: You may want to freeze your greens and herbs to make them last longer, but leafy greens will become dark and lose their flavor in such cold temperatures. Once defrosted, they will be limp and no longer suitable for crunchy salads. It’s best to keep washed and dried greens wrapped in a paper towel in your fridge.
  2. Yogurt: There is a big difference between frozen yogurt and yogurt that is frozen. If you place it in your freezer, yogurt will separate and only be good to cook with. Forget the DIY frozen yogurt, and just go to your local sweet shop instead.
  3. Milk: After being frozen, milk won’t thaw to its regular consistency. Instead, it will be chunky, and who wants to drink that? The good news is that thawed milk can still be used for cooking – just make sure you let it sit in your fridge for several hours before using it.
  4. Fried Food: The best part about fried food is the crispy, greasy crunch that you experience when you bite it. If you freeze your leftover fried chicken, all that goodness will be no more. Even if you try to reheat the fried food, all the oil will have seeped away. Our advice – eat it all in one shot so you don’t need to save any.
  5. Cheese: Cheeses already have a long fridge life, so there’s really no reason to freeze them. If you do, hard cheeses will turn crumbly, while soft cheeses’ moisture will crystallize the fluffy texture. Wasted cheese is a crime, so just leave it in your fridge.

Other foods, like eggs, can crack and leak, leaving you with a smelly mess and a potentially damaged freezer. If you are experiencing any freezer problems, call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs to come fix it within the hour!

Speedy Sub Zero Repairs offers refrigerator and appliance repair services to all of Long Island, NYC, & beyond. Call us at 866-782-9376 today!

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Speedy Dinners for the Week

We all have a laundry list of things that we need to get done during the week. School, work, meetings, practices, and housework all take up our time. The one thing that shouldn’t take up too much time is preparing and enjoying a great dinner with your family. We’re here to give you some deliciously quick recipes to make dinnertime speedy.

  1. Tuscan Pasta with Tomato-Basil Cream: This dish looks like you spent hours preparing it, but there’s a trick that makes it so simple. Use refrigerated or frozen ravioli and jarred alfredo sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil to make this dinner with ease.
  2. Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken: A few simple ingredients- chicken breasts, dried basil leaves, and garlic cloves- make this dish ridiculously easy to make. Once you pop it in the oven, you can relax for 30 minutes while it cooks, and then dig in.
  3. Bucatini with Winter Pesto & Sweet Potatoes: The great thing about this dish is that you can switch out the bucatini for your favorite stringy pasta, and the pesto will give you an extra health kick from all the leafy greens.
  4. Italian Sausage & Tortellini Skillet: This speedy dinner uses just five ingredients and one pot. Talk about easy cleanup!
  5. Grilled Chicken “N” Cheese Sandwiches: Everybody loves a good grilled cheese, and this recipe gives the classic recipe a protein boost with chopped chicken and almonds.
  6. Vegetarian Chickpea Sandwich Filling: For all those non-meat eaters, this yummy sandwich spread goes great on rolls or pita bread. You can also substitute your favorite salad dressing for the mayo.
  7. One Pan Beef Penne: This is another speedy recipe that allows for easy clean-up. Full of flavor and yummy melted mozzarella cheese, this dinner will please your entire family.
  8. Greek Chicken Salad: This dish gives you all the tastes of the Mediterranean right at home. Best served on toasted pita bread, this salad has every component of a great meal.
  9. Speedy Shrimp Scampi: Have your supermarket peel and devein the shrimp for you, or buy a bag of ready-to-cook shrimp in order to make this quick dinner in less than 20 minutes.
  10. Corn and Ham Risotto: Talk about comfort food! Get a taste of the South with this creamy risotto dish packed with flavor.

Speedy Sub Zero Repairs is all about making your lives easier, and that’s why we’re here for any Sub Zero repairs you need done. We provide service to Long Island, NYC, and beyond, any time, day or night and guarantee service within an hour. Call us toll-free at 866-782-9376 for more information or service.

The Best No Bake Desserts For the Holidays

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If you’re heading to a holiday party this month, you know you can’t show up empty handed. These delicious no-bake recipes are the easiest and most delicious ways to make your host happy:

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 16 oz. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix or 2 cups red velvet cake crumbs

Directions:

  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until creamy. Add melted white chocolate and continue beating until creamy. Transfer to the freezer to harden, 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, bake cake according to package directions. Let cool, then crumble into fine crumbs on a baking sheet.
  • Scoop out small balls of mixture and use your hands to form the mixture into truffles.
  • Roll mixture in red velvet crumbs, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Once all truffles are rolled, transfer to the refrigerator to chill and harden, at least 1 hour.

Candy Cane Pretzel Bark

Ingredients:

  • Waffle pretzels
  • 1 – 16 ounce package white chocolate
  • Crushed candy canes

Directions:

  • Line a 15×10 baking sheet with foil. Make sure the ends of the foil wrap around the pan, so it doesn’t move. Lay the pretzels end to end covering the entire pan as much as you can.
  • Melt the chocolate. Gently pour over the pretzels on the pan. Use an angled spatula to evenly and gently spread the chocolate over all the pretzels. Sprinkle with candy canes  and let set. Break apart into single pretzels or bigger squares of pretzels.

Hot Chocolate Krispy Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 ¾ c miniature marshmallows
  • 4 ½ c Chocolate Toast Crunch cereal
  • 2 tbsp mallow bits

Directions:

  • Generously coat a 9”-square pan with cooking spray.
  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, add the miniature marshmallows, and stir constantly with a spatula until the marshmallows have melted. Remove the pot from the heat, and stir in the cereal. If the mixture begins to harden before the cereal is fully incorporated, return the pot over the lowest heat setting, and carefully stir until the cereal is coated with the melted marshmallows.
  • Evenly spread the cereal into the prepared pan using a spatula coated in cooking spray or your hands coated in cooking spray. Sprinkle the mallow bits on top, and gently press them into the cereal to make them stick. Wait to slice until after the cereal has cooled completely.

You can’t enjoy these tasty treats if your refrigerator isn’t in working order. If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

Foods You Should Never Put in The Refrigerator

We rely on our refrigerator to keep our food cool and fresh. But did you know there are some foods that you never be stored in the fridge? While keeping them there won’t harm you, it will alter their taste and texture, possibly spoiling your meal. To avoid removing the taste from your food, here are some items you should keep out of your refrigerator:

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  • Oils- Putting oils in the fridge will turn them into a sludgy, butter-like consistency.
  • Coffee- Since coffee is known to help absorb smells in the fridge, storing your ready-to-use coffee in there will ruin your whole batch’s arabica flavor and will change the taste.
  • Tomatoes-Cold temperatures wreak havoc on the texture of a tomato, making it grainy and mealy.
  • Onions- Much like a tomato, and onion becomes mushy when left in the fridge for too long.
  • Bananas- Cold temperatures slow down the ripening process, causing your banana to stay green for a very long time.
  • Honey- Honey in the fridge will turn crystallized and dough-like, making it too hard to scoop out.
  • Melon- Keep your melon chock full of antioxidants by leaving it outside of the refrigerator.
  • Avocado- Much like a banana, storing an avocado in a fridge is an avocad-no! The ripening process will slow down, keeping your avocado rock hard for a long time!
  • Bread- Storing bread in the fridge makes your bread go stale much quicker.

 

While these foods shouldn’t be left in the fridge, there are tons of others that should! If your fridge isn’t working properly, call the experts at Speedy Sub Zero! We’ve been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

A Guide To Safe Leftovers

We’ve all been there! You cooked too many meals for the week or ordered in too much take out from your favorite restaurants, and now you’re stuck with a refrigerator full of leftovers, leaving you to wonder what is safe to eat and what’s not.

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These general guidelines will  help you decide what to keep and what to throw away — Chinese take out, we’re looking at you!

  • Depending on where you live, you may see your food stamped with “best if used by,” “sell by,” or nothing at all. The most important label is “best if used by,” which helps you get top quality food. The food will be safe by that date and a few days after.
  • Keep your refrigerator’s temperature set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler. Bacteria loves to grow between 40 and 140 degrees!
  • Leftovers should be stored in proper containers within 2 hours of cooking or 1 hour on hot summer days. Make sure to seal everything tight with as little air inside as possible.
  • Do not overfill your fridge. This can block vents and prevent the proper circulation needed to keep your leftover food items perishable.
  • To cool food rapidly and make sure it reaches a proper storage temperature (40 degrees F or below,) divide large portions of leftovers and store them in shallow containers.
  • Leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees F.
  • Do not rely on your senses – smell, taste, or sight does not matter when it comes to leftovers! Get rid of any food that has sat in the fridge for more than four days.  

Is your refrigerator failing to keep a cold, consistent temperature? The experts at Speedy Sub Zero can fix it – we have been repairing refrigerators and freezers in the tri-state area for over 75 years! No matter the make or model, our licensed technicians have the experience to get the job done, call us anytime to schedule a same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.