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Making the Most of your Refrigerator

by: Woman Magazine
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Your refrigerator could be your most important home appliance all-year-long. Keep your cool and enjoy the breeze anytime of the year with these handy food-keeping and refrigerator care tips.

To keep food fresh and healthy:

  • Always put cooked food into covered containers or wrap it in polyethylene or aluminum oil. Never leave it lying around in an open dish. Just because it's inside the ref doesn't mean it will keep on smelling and tasting fresh.

  • Store butter, margarine and other fats in their original wrappers. Place them in covered containers once they're opened.

  • Keep milk cartons in the chiller. Make sure milk that you boil is placed in the refrigerator only after it has cooled down to room temperature. For that matte, make sure all food has cooled down before you place them inside the refrigerator and causes unnecessary condensation, which can spoil other food.

  • Also wrap bread, cake and pastries property or place them in containers when you store them in the fridge.

  • Mushrooms, watermelons, peaches and other fruits can only be chilled in the refrigerator, not preserved.

  • Leave space around food to help the cold air circulate. Blocking the airflow will cause the temperature to rise in the refrigerator.

  • Wrap foods with strong odors when you store them to avoid contaminating the rest of the stored food.

  • Dry freshly washed vegetables by hand before storing them in the fridge. Excessive moisture can make the appliance work harder and use up more energy.

  • If frozen food has been thawed, it is not safe to freeze it. Better cook thawed food first before you freeze it.

  • Remember that bigger pieces of meat freeze better than smaller ones.

Refrigerator care tips:

  • Every time you open the refrigerator or freezer door, precious cold air flows out. The unit must then turn on to chill the warm air which has taken its place. Try to not open-close, open-close the refrigerator door.

  • Empty fridges and freezers lose more cold air and consume more energy than full ones. Keep it full but not overcrowded. Use ice cubes and water containers to fill empty space.

  • Keep door gaskets tight and pliable.

  • Place the refrigerator in a place where sunlight won't hit it. Direct, sunlight and close contact with hot appliances will make the compressor work harder.

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September 19, 2017

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