How To Organize a Small Refrigerator

Let’s face it–we can never have enough space in the kitchen. Since the kitchen is the epicenter of your family’s home and a meeting spot for all to gather, having an oversized refrigerator in there taking up too much space is not ideal. While opting for a smaller refrigerator will maximize your space in the kitchen, it can often be hard to fit all of your items in there–until now. Here are some ways to keep your small fridge organized:

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Buy Sliding Bins With Handles

Eliminate the need for reaching far into your fridge to retrieve your crammed in items by adding sliding bins. These bins will help keep all like items contained together and will provide easy access when you need to locate them.

Label Everything

When items have specific homes, less clutter collects. Not only will designated labeled areas help you keep control of your fridge but you can also label each item with expiration dates so they’ll be easily recognized when it’s time to toss ‘em.

Line Your Shelves

Transparent shelves can often make your fridge feel like a black hole. Lining your shelves with plastic mats will visually help to organize your items and make any spills or clean up easier.

Give a Lazy Susan a Whirl

Putting jars of food or condiments that you use less frequently on a lazy susan will maximize your shelf space, but keep easy access to these items for when you do need them.

Use Both Sides of the Shelf

Binder clips are a secret weapon when it comes to organizing your fridge! Hanging bags of food like lettuce or shredded cheese from wire racks with binder clips will reclaim dead air space, allowing you to utilize the shelf space for heavier items.

If you are looking for an appliance repair service on Long Island, look no further than Speedy Subzero! Our licensed professionals have more than 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, so give us a call at 866-782-9376.

Halloween Party Snack Recipes

Halloween parties are underway, and one of your chances to get really creative with your food. From pumpkin cake pops to spooky witch finger cookies, these Halloween recipes will certainly provide more “treats” and less tricks to your festive party:

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The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Give a subtle nod to the Halloween classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” and serve this spicy cheese dip that your guests will be sure to love.

You’ll need:

2 (10-oz.) blocks extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2 (4-oz.) goat cheese logs, softened

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Braided pretzel, muscadine vine and leaf

Crackers and assorted vegetables

For the full recipe, click here.

Eyeball Dessert Bites

While these may seem creepy, these delicious red velvet cake pop bites will add equal part of spookiness and deliciousness to your affair.

You’ll need:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 (large) egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring

4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons milk

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

9 ounces white chocolate

Assorted liquid food coloring or M and M’s for decorating

For the full recipe, click here.

Goblin Dip With Bone Crackers

Everybody loves a simple appetizer to nosh on throughout the party, and this Tex-Mex bean dip and bone cracker combination won’t disappoint.

You’ll need:

1 (16-ounce) can chili without beans

1 (16-ounce) can refried beans

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese

1 (8-ounce) jar chunky pico de gallo

1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, undrained

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Toppings: shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, chopped black olives, sliced green onions

For the full recipe, click here.

Brew Ha-Ha Punch

No Halloween party is complete without a witches cauldron of your favorite bubbling beverage.

You’ll need:

2 cups sugar

2 quarts water

2 (0.13-ounce) envelopes lime drink mix

1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice

1 quart ginger ale

For the full recipe, click here.

You can’t enjoy these tasty Halloween 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.

Why You Should Recycle Your Fridge

You decided it’s finally time to remove that old clunky refrigerator that’s been taking up space in your basement for so long! So what do you do? Do not throw it away! You heard right– make sure you do NOT throw it away! Old appliances contain materials which are harmful to the environment, so recycling them is the only way to properly dispose of them. Here’s some other reasons why recycling your fridge is the way to go:

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It’s Eco-Friendly:

Recycling helps the environment immensely, and recycling your large refrigerator is no different. The refrigerants used in older units are classified as greenhouse gas, and should be kept out of the environment whenever possible to avoid doing damage.

Get Money Back:

Often times, rebates are available as an incentive for recycling your old refrigerators and freezers. In some states, you can also earn additional money for recycling your appliance, and as an added bonus, they will usually pick it up from your house and haul it away for free!

It’s the Law:

Since old refrigerators are defined as hazardous waste, improperly disposing of them is a punishable offense in the court of law. If you can’t haul the entire unit off completely, make sure the freon is removed from the condenser coil by a licensed technician.

Looking to recycle an old refrigerator in your area?  This guide will help you learn how to properly do so!

Is your refrigerator malfunctioning? Don’t throw it away just yet! Speedy Subzero Repairs may be able to fix it for a fraction of the cost of a new model. We have been serving the residents of Long Island and New York City for more than 75 years, providing one-hour service for all refrigerator, freezer, ice maker, and wine cooler repair needs. Visit our website for more information or call us at 866-782-9376.

 

Refrigerator FAQs

We often get asked questions about refrigerators, freezers and common problems that go along with them. To help give you the answers you’re probably wondering, here are some frequently asked questions and answers from the professionals here at Speedy SubZero!

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Q:How cold should my refrigerator and freezer be?

A: Your refrigerator’s thermostat should be set to 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit and your freezer’s thermostat from 0 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your fridge is having trouble staying in that temperature range, give us a call.

Q: How long can I expect my refrigerator to last before I replace it?

A: While makes and models vary, the average life of a refrigerator is 14-17 years. Making sure to properly maintain your unit will prolong it’s life.

Q: Does my refrigerator need any routine maintenance?
A: As we just mentioned, taking care of your refrigerator with routine maintenance will help you fridge last longer. Good practices include vacuuming the condenser coils, lubricating the gasket, and keeping the interior clean of spills and stains. For a more comprehensive maintenance checklist, click here.

Q: My refrigerator seems to run constantly. Is that normal?

A:  No. There are several possible causes. Typically a buildup of dirt and debris in the condenser coils is to blame here. If vacuuming your condenser coils don’t do the trick, make sure to give the professionals a call!

Q: Is freezer burn safe for my food?
A: Freezer burn is a common problem caused by food packaging, but food is absolutely safe to cook or eat. Most people find, however, that the dehydration process that causes freezer burn destroys the food’s taste and texture.

Q: Does the freezer get warmer during self-defrost?
A: Yes, freezer temperature increases nearly 20 degrees during this cycle, but it is totally normal and won’t affect the food’s quality.

Q: How full can I pack my freezer?
A: It’s OK to keep your freezer full, as long as the air vents aren’t blocked.

If you are looking for an appliance repair service on Long Island, look no further than Speedy Subzero! Our licensed professionals have more than 75 years of experience repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers. We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City, so give us a call 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.