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Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a day filled with love, teddy bears, and chocolate – tons and tons of chocolate. Unfortunately, all that chocolate can really pack on the pounds and  make you feel sluggish. Don’t let your sweet treats rain on your Valentine’s Day parade! Swap out all those candies for some of these healthy recipes options instead.

Food

  • Egg in a Basket: Use a cookie mold to cut a heart shape in a piece of bread, and place it in a buttered pan. Crack an egg in the hole, and cook it until firm. Place it over another piece of toast, and dig in!
  • Strawberry Love Muffins: Swap out sugary cupcakes for these delicious (read: healthier) muffins. They include better ingredients like Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, coconut oil, and whole wheat flour.
  • Healthy V-Day Cookies: Cookies are a necessity for every holiday. Instead of the usual white flour and sugar base, these cookies use whole-wheat flour, honey, and natural peanut butter to achieve their yummy taste.
  • Fruit Chocolate Box: Swap out the box of chocolates for a box of chocolate covered fruits. Dip strawberries, bananas, or pineapples into your favorite kind of melted chocolate.You can even sprinkle coconut flakes or granola on them for an extra kick.

Drinks

  • Red Berry Smoothie: If you and your honey really just want to dive in on the chocolates, try to balance out your day with a healthy smoothie. With yummy ingredients like celery, strawberries, and raspberries, you’ll both love this Valentine’s themed treat.
  • Blood Orange Margarita: Start happy hour off right with these deliciously tart margaritas. Packed with Vitamin C from oranges and limes, these drinks have no added sugar and are so tasty.
  • Whiskey Sour Slush: This frozen cocktail will rival drinks made by even your favorite bartenders. With fresh fruit and healthy citrus fruits, you’ll feel guilt-free spending your night sipping on these.

Don’t let a holiday ruin your health. Try out these healthier Valentine’s Day recipes instead, and have fun with your significant other. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day from Speed Sub Zero Repairs!

Make sure your fridge is ready for all these healthy recipes, and call Speedy Sub Zero Repair for any and all refrigerator repair needs. We provide same-day appliance repairs within one hour to all of Long Island and New York City 24/7/365. Call us toll-free at 1-866-782-9376.

 

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When Do I Need A New Fridge?

When you buy an appliance, you’re usually given a ballpark number for how long it will last in your home. However, it’s easy to lose track of time and assume that the issue with your fridge is just a little quirk. Sorry to tell you, but sometimes those quirks are signs of a dying appliance. If your fridge has any of the following problems, it’s time to head over to the appliance store and pick up a new icebox.

  1. There’s excessive condensation. If the inside of your fridge looks like it’s sweating more than a post-marathon runner, it’s probably not cooling right. Check your rubber sealing for water droplets or mildew spots, and fix it if it’s not in too bad of shape. If there’s condensation on the inside of your fridge, your temperature setting is probably not working correctly.
  2. Your freezer looks like Antarctica. A common sign of needing a new fridge is your freezer beginning to resemble a frozen tundra. Yes, you want it to keep your food frozen, but you shouldn’t need an ice pick just to get a bag of frozen veggies. You can try defrosting your freezer, but if the problem persists, it may be time for a new fridge.
  3. Your fridge is more than 10 years old. On average, a fridge can have a lifespan anywhere from 10 to 20 years long. However, after 10 years, repairs made to your fridge may end up costing you more in the long run. If you’re constantly having to call the repairman, you’re better off buying an entirely new fridge than continuously spending more money to fix your current one.
  4. Your food is spoiling too quickly. Are you noticing that food that normally should last a week is spoiling after just a couple of days? If your fridge is unable to maintain a steady temperature, it ends up using a crazy amount of energy. At that point, you’re unnecessarily spending more money on energy bills and food, so you should simply get a new fridge.

Are you unsure if you need a need fridge altogether or can just have your current one repaired? Call Speedy Sub Zero Repairs for help. We can inspect your fridge and other household appliances to determine what the best course of action is. If the problem can be repaired, we’ve got you covered, since we stock 99% of parts in our “warehouse on wheels.”

For more information about refrigerator and appliance repairs on Long Island, call us at 866-782-9376.

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How To Organize Your Fridge

Storing food in your fridge is all about location – putting the right food in the right spot. Keeping your cold items in the correct spot will keep them fresh longer. When you’re unpacking from a grocery trip, follow these tips for organizing your fridge.

Dairy

  • Milk: Most often, milk is just placed on the top shelf. However, you should keep it on the bottom shelf as far back as you can so it can be as cold as possible.
  • Butter & Soft Cheeses: Since these items don’t need to be too cold, they can be kept in the dairy compartment on your refrigerator door. Soft cheeses, like goat cheese, should be sealed in an airtight container after opening.
  • Yogurt, Sour Cream, & Cottage Cheese: These items are best kept on the bottom shelf. Try installing a turntable to give yourself easy access to them.

Meats

  • Packaged Raw Meat: You should store these products on the super-cold bottom shelf so if the juices leak, they won’t get on anything else in your fridge. You can even keep these products in the grocery store’s plastic bag to catch any potential drips.
  • Deli Meats: These items belong in the shallow meat drawer. If your fridge doesn’t have one, place them on the bottom shelf.

Produce

  • Vegetables: Veggies usually stay fresh for longer amounts of time when stored in slight humidity, so place these items in the drawer labeled “high humidity.” Keep veggies in their original packaging or a loosely-tied plastic bag.
  • Fruits: Place fruits in the low humidity drawer which is sometimes labeled “crisper.” Like veggies, keep them in the original packaging or a loosely-tied plastic bag.
  • Pro Tip: Don’t wash your produce items until you are ready to use them since water can cause bacteria and mold to grow.

Organizing your fridge the proper way can keep your food fresher longer and maintain its quality. To maintain the quality of your fridge itself, call the professionals at Speedy Sub Zero Repair! We stock 99% of all parts in our “warehouse on wheels” so we can provide appliance repair services within the hour. Call us at 866-782-9376 for more information!

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New Year Fridge Food Swaps: NFL Playoff Edition

One of the biggest New Year’s resolutions people make is the promise to eat healthy and lose weight. While some decide to start fad diets that are expensive and potentially harmful to your health, the smarter choice is to restock your fridge with better food options. These are some great New Year fridge food swaps to help you improve your eating habits just in time for the NFL Playoffs.

Condiments
When you sit down to watch your team’s big game, we bet you’re going to want to smother some chicken wings with ranch, blue cheese dressing, or buffalo sauce. Sadly, these condiments are seriously high in calories. Swap them out for healthier, still-delicious options like chili sauce, seasoning blends, and vinegar sauces.

Drinks
Bench sugary, high-calorie sodas and hydrate like Odell Beckham Jr. does – with a cool, crisp glass of water. You can figure out how much water to drink by dividing your weight in two and consuming that number of ounces of water each day. Drinking enough water is essential to helping your body function and maintaining a healthy weight. Do you think Tom Brady is able to play the way he does by drinking Diet Coke every day? (Answer: Probably not.)

Frozen Meals
There is not a single NFL player who got to where he is by eating frozen meals. Even meals that are labeled as “healthy” are loaded with sodium, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. You won’t be able to achieve any weight loss if you eat these. Aim to prepare and freeze homemade meals once a week or month for a healthy option that lets you get back to watching your favorite players.

Frozen Treats
Ice cream seems like a great way for you and your family to celebrate a big win, but those treats are packed full of fat. Instead, “go for two”, and choose whole fruit sorbets. You can even kick it up a notch and make your own sorbet by freezing fruits and blending them until smooth. We bet that’s how your MVP will celebrate so he keeps himself in perfect shape.

You may think it will be hard to lose weight during the playoffs, but these easy fridge food swaps will help make your game time healthier than past seasons. Keep the swaps going for the rest of the year, and you can have the same muscle mass as a QB in no time.

Make sure your fridge is ready for all these food swaps, and call Speedy Sub Zero Repair for any and all refrigerator repairs needs. We provide same-day Sub Zero refrigerator service within one hour to all of Long Island and New York City 24/7/365. Call us toll-free at 1-866-782-9376.

The Refrigerator Dictionary

When deciding on purchasing a refrigerator, or simply understanding how your current one works, we know that there are a variety of terms that you may not be familiar with. So the experts at Speedy Sub Zero decided to put together a little glossary of commonly used fridge features to help give you some info on your most used home appliance:

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Compressor: This is the heart of your refrigeration system. The compressor compresses low pressure gas into high pressured gas to adjust its temperature. Once this process is complete, it moves into the condenser for the next step of the process.

Condenser: This is where all the magic happens. This part of your fridge condenses that gas from the compressor into a liquid refrigerant that helps keep your refrigerator cold.

Gasket: If your fridge door is closing properly, your gasket may be to blame!  This is the rubber lining that works it’s way around the door of your refrigerator, locking in cool air to keep your items safe for eating.

Drain Pan: Your drain pan is located next to your compressor and has a very important job. It collects all of the excess water that is left over after the defrost cycle so you don’t wind up with a leaky mess on your floor.

Energy Rating: Energy Star rates your unit on a scale from A-G based on how well it operates in normal conditions. The higher the rating, the less energy is consumed.  This is important to not only reduce energy, but also reduce your utility bills as well.

Evaporator : An evaporator fan draws air from the refrigerator and blows it over the evaporator coils. The liquid refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and the air blows back into the refrigerator at a lower temperature, cooling the refrigerator.

Of course, if you still have questions regarding the components of your fridge, or something’s not working properly, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving, and  guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.