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5 Reasons Your Child Should Have a Mini-Fridge in Their College Dorm

It’s already back to school time for college kids! One of the first things that your child is probably thinking about is how they are going to set up their dorm room. While a flat screen TV and a surround sound stereo system might not seem like the most practical things to send your child off to school with, a mini-fridge is certainly a great investment. Here are five reasons why your child should have a mini-fridge in their dorm:

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  • Save money or dining points: Stocking a fridge full of groceries means your child can buy food that they want and not have to settle for the options in the dining hall. They’ll save money by making food in their dorm instead of going out to costly restaurants for every meal.
  • Stay healthy: If your child is conscious about organic or allergy friendly foods, keeping a mini-fridge on hand will be easier for them to maintain their health and stay on track with their eating. They can stock up healthy juices, fruits and veggies, where these options will help them avoid binging on pizza and fast food.
  • Convenience: Chances are, no dining halls or cafeterias are open 24/7 on a college campus. A mini-fridge will provide food access on demand when you’re hungry at all hours.
  • Stock up on drinks: College often means late nights studying and early mornings for classes.  Stocking a fridge with iced coffee or energy drinks will help give your child the jolt they need in the morning to ace those exams!
  • Keep leftovers fresh: If your child does like to go out occasionally to the dining hall or a restaurant with friends, having a mini-fridge on hand is a great way to ensure they can bring home leftovers and keep them fresh until they go in for round two. This is another great way to save money as their fridge ensures they get an extra meal for the price of one.

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Food Safety Mistakes To Never Make

We all know basic food handling rules, like washing our fruits and veggies and keeping our milk in the fridge. But there are a ton of mistakes that you could be making without even knowing it. Keep your food safe and yourself healthy by avoiding these food safety mistakes:

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You Rinse Your Poultry Before You Cook It: This is something that many people do to avoid the risk of salmonella. You need to be careful about cross contamination when you’re handling raw poultry, but rinsing your meat can spread bacteria to your sink or faucet.  After you get your chicken cooking, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water and clean any area that your poultry may have touched. Also remember to never use the same cutting board for meat and vegetables– this is one of the quickest ways to make you sick.

You Keep Your Produce Out After After you Cut It: This is a big no-no. Once you chop up your fruit and vegetables, you have accelerated the spoiling process. Put your produce immediately into the fridge after cutting it, to avoid risking them losing their vital nutrients and minerals through oxidation. Storing your fruits and veggies in an airtight container in the fridge will keep them fresh and prolong their shelf life.

You Let Your Food Sit Out For Hours: Picnic, BBQ and party season is in full swing–so that means lots of buffets sitting out for hours. Next time you set up for a party, remember that nothing should sit out for more than two hours. Keep a larger container of the food in the fridge and serve up  smaller portions throughout the day, replenishing the dishes. You’ll keep a steady stream of food coming out, and will make sure it’s all safe!

You Aren’t Freezing Your Food Properly :Make sure to double wrap food when it’s being placed in the freezer so that ice crystals don’t form and ruin the texture and taste. And always make sure to keep your freezer at zero degrees or lower, to maximize your food’s preservation.

In order to minimize bacteria and maximize the length of time that your food stays fresh, it is important that your refrigerator keeps a consistent temperature under 40° F. If your refrigerator feels warm and you suspect that it isn’t operating properly, call Speedy Sub Zero at 866-782-9376. We have served New York City and Long Island residents for more than 75 years and offer 24/7 emergency service, so call us for a quick repair done in the comfort of your own home.

Debunking Common Refrigerator Myths

Have you ever wondered how long you should keep those leftovers for? Or if baking soda actually removes smells from the refrigerator? There’s a lot of conflicting information on these topics, so we’re here to set the record straight and debunk some common refrigerator myths!

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How Long Does Food Last in the Freezer?

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We all know that every food has an expiration when it is stored in the refrigerator, but things get a little fuzzy when frozen. While the freezer is a great way to extend a food’s shelf life, it doesn’t make them last forever.

For those of us who are unsure about how long frozen foods last, LifeHacker put together a simple chart to lay it all out. Here are some of their recommendations:

Breads & Desserts

  • Baked bread, rolls – 2-3 months

  • Cookie dough – 3 months

  • Baked cake (with frosting) – 1 month

  • Baked fruit pies – 6-8 months

Meat, Poultry, & Seafood

  • Lamb, veal – 9 months

  • Steaks – 6-12 months

  • Chicken, turkey – 9-12 months

  • Raw hamburger – 3-4 months

  • Fish – 3-6 months

  • Crab, lobster – 10-12 months

  • Shrimp, scallops – 3-6 months

Dairy

  • Butter – 6-9 months

  • Margarine – 12 months

  • Cheese – 6 months

  • Ice Cream – 2 months

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Citrus fruit – 3 months

  • Other fruit – 9-12 months

  • Vegetables – 8-12 months

Want to see the full list of items? Click here to view recommended storage times for every food in infographic form.

If you want to follow these storage times, your freezer needs to consistently be at 0°F. Any higher and your food won’t be preserved as long, and you risk food poisoning.

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How to Make Your Meat and Dairy Last Longer

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If you didn’t already know, America has a food waste problem. According to World Food Day, about 40% of the food in our country gets thrown away. A big part of the problem is that this food expires before we get a chance to eat it – with milk and dairy being two of the biggest offenders.

If you are looking to keep your meat and dairy fresh for longer, there are two things you have to do. They are:

1). Get it from the refrigerator in the store to your refrigerator at home as quickly as possible.

The faster you get your food home, the better. Once your food reaches 40° F, bacteria growth rates begin to spike. Certain foods can go bad just two hours after being taken out of the fridge.

  • Make meat and dairy the last items you put in your shopping cart at the store.

  • Always buy your meat and dairy from the back and bottom shelves at the store. Foods at the front are exposed to more warm air, and may have already begun to spoil.

  • Go straight home from the store. Do your other errands first, or go back out after unpacking your groceries at home.

2). Once it is in the refrigerator, do your best to keep it cold.

When it comes to your meat and dairy, colder is usually always better. Limiting exposure to warm air is the best way to make these foods last longer.

  • Use a thermometer to keep track of your refrigerator’s temperature. It should consistently be between 34-38° F.

  • Keep your meat and dairy at the bottom of the refrigerator. This is where air is the coldest, which helps prevent your food from spoiling.

  • Minimize how many times you open the refrigerator door. Every time it is opened, as much as 30% of the cold air can escape.

These tips won’t make much of a difference if your refrigerator is too warm. If you can’t keep your fridge below 38° F, there could be a mechanical problem. Luckily for you, the refrigerator repair experts at Speedy Subzero are here to help! If you live in New York City or Long Island, call us for same-day repairs at 866-782-9376.