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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:


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:


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.

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.