We rely on our refrigerator to keep our food cool and fresh. But did you know there are some foods that you never be stored in the fridge? While keeping them there won’t harm you, it will alter their taste and texture, possibly spoiling your meal. To avoid removing the taste from your food, here are some items you should keep out of your refrigerator:
- Oils- Putting oils in the fridge will turn them into a sludgy, butter-like consistency.
- Coffee- Since coffee is known to help absorb smells in the fridge, storing your ready-to-use coffee in there will ruin your whole batch’s arabica flavor and will change the taste.
- Tomatoes-Cold temperatures wreak havoc on the texture of a tomato, making it grainy and mealy.
- Onions- Much like a tomato, and onion becomes mushy when left in the fridge for too long.
- Bananas- Cold temperatures slow down the ripening process, causing your banana to stay green for a very long time.
- Honey- Honey in the fridge will turn crystallized and dough-like, making it too hard to scoop out.
- Melon- Keep your melon chock full of antioxidants by leaving it outside of the refrigerator.
- Avocado- Much like a banana, storing an avocado in a fridge is an avocad-no! The ripening process will slow down, keeping your avocado rock hard for a long time!
- Bread- Storing bread in the fridge makes your bread go stale much quicker.
While these foods shouldn’t be left in the fridge, there are tons of others that should! 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you notice that every time you open up your refrigerator, you see condensation covering the ceiling, shelves, crisper, and containers inside? Excessive condensation can be frustrating, especially when you’re not sure where it’s coming from. Condensation occurs when warm, humid air comes in contact with a cold surface. As the warm air cools, it releases moisture in the form of water droplets. Experiencing some is fine, but when your refrigerator is constantly a wet mess, you could have a problem: Here are some reasons for condensation in your fridge:
Faulty Gasket: This is the most likely reason for extra condensation in your fridge. The rubber seal around your door is responsible for keeping out warm air, but have a tendency to wear out quickly due to frequent use. A good test to check is to close your refrigerator door with a piece of paper inside. If you can pull that paper out with no problem, it’s time for a new gasket.
Clogged Drain Pipe: Having a clogged drain pipe doesn’t mean that you will necessarily experience condensation in your fridge, but can certainly lead to a pool of water forming at the bottom of your unit. If the pipe is clogged by ice, you can melt it with a hair dryer for quick relief. If it is clogged by something else, try using a straw to dislodge the item, or give your local professionals a call.
Hot Food: Food that is still hot and then goes straight into your fridge can be a cause of experiencing extra water droplets all over your refrigerator. Placing food in the fridge without giving it a chance to cool down first also raises your refrigerator’s temperature, making it work harder to keep cooler. This can not only put a strain on your unit, but can increase your energy bills as well.
If you’re experiencing excessive condensation in your refrigerator, give the experts at 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 any time at 866-782-9376 and we will be at your door in one hour, guaranteed!
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:
- 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!