How To Choose The Best Refrigerator For Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, shopping can be really overwhelming due to all of the new options. Not only are there multiple options when it comes to color and capacity, but you’ll also need to make decisions regarding everything from finish and shelf configuration to touch screens. This guide will help you narrow down your choices to choose the best unit for your home:

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Determine the Size:

For many homeowners, space is at the top of their refrigerator wish list. Depending on the size of your family, how much you entertain and how much you eat at home, the capacity you’ll  need will vary. Once you determine the unit size to best suit the needs of your family, make sure it will actually fit in your kitchen, including having enough space to open your doors and pull out your drawers.

Exterior appearance:
If you’re looking for a sleek finish, consider stainless steel. If a light and airy feel works best with your kitchen decor, be on the lookout for white finishes. Refrigerators come in a variety of colors, so determine which will go best with your kitchen and continue your search.

Check Inside:
Many higher-end refrigerators give homeowners the ability to maintain different climates within the same refrigerator. Some even provide precise temperatures for sensitive ingredients such as produce, meats and cheese. If these factors are important to you, narrow down your hunt for the perfect fridge by searching for makes that offer these features. If you’re big in entertaining, look for fridges with flexibility in their shelving and drawers. Many manufacturers now offer shelving that pulls out and can accommodate larger platters and trays.

Extra Features:
Smart refrigerators recently came on the scene, offering features like touch screens, recipe lists and food trackers. These can also be connected to your tablets and smartphones for added convenience. Other extras you might be interested in is a built in filtered water and ice maker or even a hot water dispenser for tea and coffee. What will they think of next?

If you’re experiencing any problems with your new refrigerator,  the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With more than 75 years of experience serving Long Island and New York City, don’t trust anyone else with your refrigerator and freezer repairs. Call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.

 

Best No-Bake Fall Dessert Recipes

The fall is here, and it’s the best time to try out some delicious dessert recipes that you’ve been waiting all year to try! We can already smell the apples, pumpkin and cinnamon! Satisfy that Autumn sweet tooth with these fall dessert recipes:

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Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake

We can’t think of the fall without associating it with pumpkin! This simple dessert is quick and easy but packed with so much pumpkin deliciousness!

You’ll need:

  • 1 (15 oz.) can 100% pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 & 1/2 (8 oz.) containers Cool Whip non-dairy whipped topping, divided  chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/4 c. chopped pecans  additional pumpkin pie spice for sprinkling

For the full recipe, click here.

Caramel Apple Pie Party Dip

Yum!  There are so many delicious ways to enjoy apples, and this semi-healthy treat is a spin on the traditional fall dessert. Round up some apples on an apple picking trip with your family, and try this treat out!

You’ll need:

  • 1 individual sized container of Yoplait Greek 100 Caramel Apple Yogurt
  • 1 large apple, skin removed and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 6 caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the full recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

This one’s a real crowd pleaser for any fall party! The combination of pumpkin, chocolate and whipped cream come together to make one heavenly flavor. Give these a try, you won’t be sorry! **Warning: you may consume five of these mini cakes in one serving–they’re that good!

You’ll need:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of 100% pumpkin
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed & divided
  • 48 chocolate wafer cookies ½ cup mini chocolate chips

For the full recipe, visit here.

For a full list of other no-bake fall desserts, visit here. Let us know which ones you’re excited to try or share pictures of your successful no-bake desserts on our Facebook page!

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.

How To Clean a Stainless Steel Refrigerator

Stainless steel material is top rated for refrigerators thanks to its clean look and functionality. But, for as good as it looks, can also require some extra maintenance.Speedy sub zero port washington

Want to get rid of those pesky watermarks and fingerprints from your stainless steel refrigerator? You can count on two main ingredients – oil and vinegar. Sounds like a salad dressing but really, it works wonders!

If you’re looking to shine up your stainless steel fridge to leave it looking sparkly and new, here are some things that you’ll need:

  • Oil
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels or a very soft microfiber cloth

Now that you have your supplies handy, follow these directions, adding a little elbow grease into mix and you’ll have a spotless fridge in no time:

  • Since stainless steel is easily scratched, make sure to always use a soft, microfiber cloth, or some paper towels. If you really want to make sure your fridge is streak-free, use both! Take to it first with a microfiber cloth and a mild cleaning agent, and then wipe it down with paper towels for a double dose of cleanliness.
  • Always make sure to clean in with the grain–we repeat–always clean with the grain! This is a crucial step in ensuring a smooth and streak-free shine. Once you detect which direction the grain is going, rub your cloth in the same direction. Going against the grain will leave permanent scratches on the surface of your appliance.
  • To cut through greasy fingerprints and debris, mix together 3 parts vinegar with 1 part water in a spray bottle, spray on your fridge and then wipe it down with paper towels.
  • After all of the debris is removed, polish your refrigerator with oil of any kind, giving it a high gloss shine. But beware–cleaning with oil does require a little extra time for the steel to soak it all in.

If you run into any problems with your refrigerator that go beyond cleaning the surface, the experts at Speedy Subzero are just a phone call away. With more than 75 years of experience serving Long Island and New York City, don’t trust anyone else with your refrigerator and freezer repairs. Call us to schedule your 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.

How To Properly Move a Refrigerator

Moving to a new living space can come with an array of frustrations, and dealing with heavy appliances will likely being your biggest obstacle to overcome. Refrigerators can be especially difficult to move based on their sheer size and weight. If you’re looking to move and don’t have the help of a professional moving company, fear not! We’re here to help. Here are some tips on how to properly move your most used (and largest!) home appliance:

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  1. Remove all items: Remove everything from the inside of your refrigerator and freezer, including all food and contents of the unit. Don’t forget exterior items like magnets and notices as well!
  2. Defrost: After everything has been removed, unplug it from the wall and allow all of the ice in the freezer to melt. A good time to do this would be overnight, as it can take hours. Make sure to tape the power cord to the side of the unit to avoid tripping during the moving process.
  3. Clean it: Now that your refrigerator has been defrosted, dry the inside thoroughly with a towel. Once it’s dry, make sure to wipe it down with a cleaner to prevent mold, mildew and odors forming during the move.
  4. Secure the doors: Use bungee cords or rope to secure the doors and make sure they don’t move during the process. Its very important not to skip this step to avoid any injury from occurring.
  5. Load it onto a dolly: Slide the dolly right underneath the base and make sure the back of the dolly is firmly pressed against the refrigerator– then, tie it in place with moving straps.
  6. Load it onto the truck: Once the refrigerator is securely positioned on the dolly, tip it back and begin making your way to the truck with one person in back and one person in front helping to guide the process. Always move forward, or opposite the position that the refrigerator is tilted, to maintain optimal safety. It is important that the refrigerator stays upright so that oil from the compressor does not mix with the coolant.
  7. Unload it: Use the same steps you took to get your refrigerator onto the truck, to unload it. Plug it in immediately and give it at least a full 24 hours to cool to a sufficient temperature before putting any perishable food in it. Enjoy your new home and give yourself a high five, because this was no easy feat!

Now that your in your new house and can use your refrigerator, keep an eye out for an problems or signs that a repair is necessary. Should you run into any trouble let the experts at Speedy Subzero help! We guarantee one-hour service to Nassau County, Suffolk County, and New York City. To schedule your appointment with one of our licensed technicians, give us a call at 866-782-9376 today!