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How To Prepare Your Refrigerator For Holiday Travel

The holiday season is a busy one for traveling. If you’re packing your bags and hitting the road this month you might be wondering what to do with everything in your fridge. Make sure your refrigerator is ready for your holiday travel with these tips:

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Long Weekend

If you’re skipping away for a short trip for a long weekend or a few days, here are some basic steps you should take:

Check expiration dates — Expired milk, cheese, eggs, cream and meat, can produce some nasty smells. Toss any perishables so you can come home to a pleasant smelling house.

Raise the temperature — With at-risk perishables gone, turn the temperature up a degree or two to save some energy. Just remember to always keep it as close to 40°F as possible.

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If you’re extending your holiday vacay for up to 10 days, avoid a fridge disaster with these tips:

Buy fewer groceries — It’s better to run out of food before a trip than to waste what you have.

Remove most perishables — Unless you just bought your milk and veggies, they’ll probably be spoiled by the time you return.

Freeze your meat — Freezing your meat will help extend it’s shelf life. Thaw and eat it when you get home.

Get rid of leftovers — If you haven’t eaten it by now, you definitely won’t eat it when it’s back. The less you have in your fridge, the more pleasant it will be to come home to.

Turn up the temperature — Unless you plan to leave some perishables in the fridge, you should raise the temperature of the fridge to about 38 degrees Fahrenheit; this ensures coolness and longevity for perishable goods, and also helps save on energy costs.

 

If your fridge isn’t working properly before you jet off for vacation, 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 Prepare Your Kitchen For The Holidays

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It really is the most wonderful time of year. But while the season is fun and festive it can also be stressful and overwhelming. If you’re in charge of hosting your family for your holiday celebration this year, make sure your kitchen is ready with these holiday preparation tips:

Clean it up:

Tidying up your kitchen is one of the quickest ways to get your home holiday ready. Pay attention to your refrigerator, by giving it a thorough wipe down and tossing items that are past their expiration date. This will not only ensure that you’ve rid your fridge or spoiled items, but will make extra room for the holiday leftovers you’re bound to have. It’s also a good idea to set your table in advance. Organizing the place settings day before your dinner will save you time and stress.

Be sure you have what you need:

The last thing you want to happen is discover you’re missing a key ingredient right before your guests arrive. Double check to make sure  that you have everything on your list a few days before your holiday fete, which will give you optimal time to make a trip to the store.

Invest in a cooler:

Since you’ll undoubtedly be busy in the kitchen the day of your gathering, the last thing you’ll want is guests coming in and out . Setting up a cooler in the living room will allow them to help themselves to a cold beverage and will keep everyone out of your sacred space as you finishing preparing the meal.

If your refrigerator breaks down this holiday season, the repair experts at Speedy Sub Zero can help! 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.

The Refrigerator Dictionary

When deciding on purchasing a refrigerator, or simply understanding how your current one works, we know that there are a variety of terms that you may not be familiar with. So the experts at Speedy Sub Zero decided to put together a little glossary of commonly used fridge features to help give you some info on your most used home appliance:

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Compressor: This is the heart of your refrigeration system. The compressor compresses low pressure gas into high pressured gas to adjust its temperature. Once this process is complete, it moves into the condenser for the next step of the process.

Condenser: This is where all the magic happens. This part of your fridge condenses that gas from the compressor into a liquid refrigerant that helps keep your refrigerator cold.

Gasket: If your fridge door is closing properly, your gasket may be to blame!  This is the rubber lining that works it’s way around the door of your refrigerator, locking in cool air to keep your items safe for eating.

Drain Pan: Your drain pan is located next to your compressor and has a very important job. It collects all of the excess water that is left over after the defrost cycle so you don’t wind up with a leaky mess on your floor.

Energy Rating: Energy Star rates your unit on a scale from A-G based on how well it operates in normal conditions. The higher the rating, the less energy is consumed.  This is important to not only reduce energy, but also reduce your utility bills as well.

Evaporator : An evaporator fan draws air from the refrigerator and blows it over the evaporator coils. The liquid refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and the air blows back into the refrigerator at a lower temperature, cooling the refrigerator.

Of course, if you still have questions regarding the components of your fridge, or something’s not working properly, call the experts at Speedy Subzero. We are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving, and  guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City. Give us a call to schedule your appointment at 866-782-9376.

Thanksgiving Leftovers: A Guide To Storing

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that can only mean one thing–preparing to eat lots of turkey leftovers for days to come!

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But many of us don’t know just how long we can safely store or leftovers, or the best way to do so!  To keep your Thanksgiving leftovers fresher longer, you’ve first got to ensure that they’re being kept in a safe storage environment. Most Thanksgiving leftovers will stay fresh and tasty for at least a few days in the refrigerator and a month or more in the freezer.

Here are some general rules to follow:

  •     Refrigerate leftover Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing, gravy and other cooked side dishes within two hours of serving.
  •     Carve leftover turkey meat off the bones before refrigerating. Be sure to keep the  leftover turkey and stuffing in separate containers.
  •     Divide leftover turkey and other cooked dishes into smaller portions and refrigerate or freeze in covered, small containers for quicker cooling.

Here is a guideline of how long you can safely store your leftovers, so you can enjoy these foods without the worry:

What do you do if you run into an emergency and your refrigerator stops working? Just call the experts at Speedy Subzero, we are open 24/7/365 – even on Thanksgiving. We guarantee one-hour service to all of Long Island and New York City, call us any time to schedule your appointment 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.