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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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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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Reasons to Have a Mini-Fridge in Your Dorm

Ah, college – the cultivation of new friends, new experiences, and new food. Thing is, that last part isn’t always a good thing. How can you combat potentially questionable dining hall cuisine? A mini-fridge, of course! These are the top reasons to have a mini-fridge in your college dorm room. 

  1. Save Money or Dining Points: If you have a meal plan that functions like a debit system, a mini-fridge lets you keep snacks and other yummy foods in your dorm. This way, you don’t have to spend as much money on food at your dining hall.
  2. Have Food on Demand: If your university closes due to inclement weather, you won’t have to go hungry since you’ll have a mini-fridge full of food. Plus, you’ll be saving delivery services from having to send out employees during bad weather.
  3. Stay Healthy: There’s a reason “The Freshman 15” exists in colleges. Dining hall food is often loaded with salt, preservatives, and unhealthy fats. Stocking your mini-fridge with fruits, veggies, and other healthy snacks can save you from gaining those extra pounds.
  4. Stash Extra Drinks: If you can’t start your day without your favorite juice or energy drink, don’t waste time trudging to your dining hall. Just grab one from your mini-fridge instead. Pro Tip: Buying a case of water and keeping it in your fridge is way cheaper than buying individual bottles every day.
  5. Keep Your Leftovers: Your mini-fridge allows you to keep your unfinished food fresh for days instead of having to throw it out after an hour or two. Leftovers are the best thing to have on a weekend morning when you don’t feel like leaving your room. (Yes, we’re talking about cold pizza.)

With all the perks dorm mini-fridges offer, we’re surprised you wouldn’t have one already. All it takes is a little maintenance of deodorizing and cleaning to have one of the best conveniences you can allow yourself in college.

While mini-fridges don’t require that much maintenance, your home Sub Zero refrigerator could probably use a tune-up from time to time. On Long Island, Speedy SubZero Repairs is your provider for 24/7 Sub Zero refrigerator, freezer, ice-maker, and wine cooler maintenance and repairs. Call us at 1-866-782-9376!