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How To Properly Store Pie

We have officially entered pie season–the most delicious season of them all! And with lots of holiday events coming up, comes a greater chance at having delicious leftovers (score!). From pumpkin to apple and everything in between, all pies should be handled differently when it comes to storing them. Make sure to follow these pie storing tips to ensure you can indulge in these delicious treats the safe way:

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Fruit Pies:
Apple, blueberry and cherry too–All of your pies with fruit fillings can remain covered and stored at room temperature for up to two days after they’re baked. After that, it’s important to keep them in the fridge for another two days of storage. If they’re still lingering after the four day mark, it’s best to toss them! Not going to finish that pie in four days? No problem–fruit pies are one of the few types that actually freeze well. Place them uncovered in the freezer until frozen solid, then wrap in plastic wrap or foil and place back in the freezer for up to four months. When you’re ready to chow down, thaw them at room temperature for one hour and then reheat at 375°F for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin & Pecan:
Since pumpkin and pecan pie contain eggs in their filling, these must always be kept in the refrigerator. If you’re trying to get a head start on the pie prep, you can prepare them during the week and store the pie in the refrigerator for up to four days before serving. Make sure to wrap the pie in aluminum foil and ensure that your fridge is set to 38°F to avoid the risk of any illnesses.

Cream, Mousse & Custard Pies
These fan favorites are usually a staple at the holiday dessert table.  While they don’t freeze well, you can keep them covered in the fridge for up to four days. You should hold off on topping them with whipped cream until you’re ready to serve to ensure the ultimate level of freshness (and deliciousness).

You can’t enjoy these tasty holiday pies 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.

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 Kill Mold in Your Refrigerator

Refrigerators are mold magnets, due to the dark and moist environment. Foods and liquids spill, leftovers get lost in the back, and condiments seem to expire much faster than expected, leaving prime breeding grounds for mold. Mold can be very dangerous, but luckily is easy to clean in your refrigerator. Here are some ways to keep that fridge sparkling clean and safe:

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  1. Locate the Mold: Visible mold is usually just a small percentage of how much mold is actually in your fridge. Completely remove all of the contents from your drawers and shelves and locate any extra debris and spills.
  2. Clean the Shelves and Drawers: Shelves and drawers should be cleaned with dish soap and water to get any sticky food, residue or debris off. Once they are cleaned, spray them with a solution of one part bleach and one part water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes and wipe clean. Make sure to pay attention to the drawer tracks and any nooks and crannies to get rid of any mold spores that could linger. Cotton swabs are good tools to help get into those hard to reach places.
  3. Wipe Out The Inside: Spray the bleach solution onto the interior walls of the fridge, let sit for 10 minutes, rinse with cold water and thoroughly dry it.
  4. Don’t Forget the Gaskets: Gaskets cannot be cleaned with bleach because it damages the rubber seal. Instead, combine one part white vinegar with one part water inside the other spray bottle. Spray the gaskets on the fridge door and allow them to sit for five minutes before wiping clean. Scrub them with an old toothbrush to remove grime in any hard-to-reach places. Remember, mold breeds from moisture, so be sure to dry thoroughly in order to prevent more spores from growing.

Keeping your refrigerator clean and free of mold is important for the safety of your food and the efficiency of your fridge. Should you run into any refrigerator 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!

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.

Is your child heading off to college? Help them set up their dorm room and invest in a mini fridge. For all of your refrigerator repairs, Give Speedy Sub Zero a call! We have been repairing refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and wine coolers for more than 75 years, and we offer same-day appointments in the comfort of your own home. If you live on Long Island, call us at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!

Tips For Summer Food Safety

Summer, summer, summer time–the best time for barbecues and picnics. While eating outside can be way more fun than sitting at your kitchen table, there are some extra precautions necessary to take when it comes to food safety. To avoid the risk of heat-related food illnesses, such as the spread of bacteria in the hot conditions, here are some precautions you should take:summer food safety

Keep it cold: Make sure the fridge temperature is below 5 °C and keep your freezer at minus 15 °C to minus 18 °C. If you’re traveling with your food to a picnic or the beach, be sure to fill your cooler with lots of ice packs to keep things fresh.

Skip the detours: After trips to the supermarket, make sure to get home quickly with any chilled, frozen or even hot foods. You’ll want to minimize the time that they are left out of the fridge or proper conditions.

Keep your raw food separate: Bacteria from raw food could possibly contaminate yourcooked meals, so make sure to keep them away from each other. To reduce the risk of food poisoning, use separate cutting boards and utensils as well and make sure ti thoroughly wash your hands after touching raw meat.

Store leftovers safely: Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within three to five days. If you don’t plan to eat them within this time, freeze them, or consider tossing them out. Food that has been in the fridge for too long, or food that has been left out of the fridge for upwards of four hours should always be thrown away. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Your refrigerator will only preserve your food if it is at the right temperature. The ideal temperature range for a refrigerator is between 34-38° F. Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator to make sure the temperature does not climb above this number; bacteria growth rates spike at around 40. Is your refrigerator failing to keep a cold, consistent temperature? The experts at Speedy Subzero Repair can get you up-and-running in no time. If you are looking for a fast, dependable refrigerator repair service in Long Island or New York City, call us at 866-782-9376.