Did you know that the FDA regulates ice as a food item? This means it requires a specific set of standards and precautions to be served in a restaurant or hotel and we need to take these precautions in our own life as well. The number one word to remember when you think of ice is clean– it should be packaged clean, stored clean and served clean each and every day. Here are some tips to help you achieve this:
Handling Ice at Home
When you’re handling ice in your everyday life, it can be easy to become careless. But it is important to remember that people are going to ingest that ice in some way, shape or form so you have to treat it the same way you would any other type of food. Here are some tips to keep ice sanitary in your home:
- Use clean utensils or tongs to remove ice from the tray.
- Don’t be lazy and scoop ice with your glass.
- Don’t lay any food items in your freezer’s ice tray.
Handling Ice During a Tailgate
If you’re attending your favorite team’s game this Sunday, here are some tips you can’t afford to miss out on:
- NEVER place raw food in the same cooler that you’re storing beverages.
- If there isn’t enough room for storage, seal raw meats in a aluminum foil and a Ziploc bag to keep them separate from the rest of the cooler’s contents.
Handling Ice at a Holiday Party
It’s officially holiday party season and the planning should already be taking place. One thing you might glance over is the sanitation of your bar area but we’re going to tell you why this is a big mistake!
- Ice and beverages that are left open to the air are just as susceptible to foodborne illness as any other food item.
- Before placing ice in a bucket or tray, clean it out thoroughly with soap and water.
- Place a pair of tongs in a separate bucket and DON’T just lay them on top of the ice.
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we provide same day service within one hour for all makes and models of refrigerators, ice makers and freezers. If your ice maker is producing less ice or no ice at all, we can have a look and assess the problem quickly so you are up and running before the holidays.
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Chest Freezers are perfect for families with busy schedules and the desire to eat home-cooked meals. The chest freezer works separate from a refrigerator, and its sole purpose is keeping your food frozen for long periods of time. It saves you from the cost of eating out, but it can also help slash your energy bill. Read below to learn about all the ways you can save money with a chest freezer:
Cool Air Containment
Cold air is denser than warm air (a little science fact for you) so it sinks towards the bottom of your freezer. With a front opening freezer, this cool air escapes when the door is opened. This forces your freezer to work harder to produce more cold air, causing it to use more energy. More energy costs you more money. A chest freezer opens from the top, minimizing the loss of cold air.
Exploiting the Sales
The extra freezer space alone will help you save money. If you are wandering around the grocery store and see a sale on meat, you can capitalize to the fullest extent. Take it home, leave this week’s portion in your fridge/freezer and store the rest in your chest freezer. The days of eating out two or three times a week are finished! Feeding the whole family can be hard, but a chest freezer can ‘cool’ down the costs.
Cleaning out your fridge/freezer used to be a necessary evil. You find yourself throwing out unused food, the equivalent of throwing hard earned money straight in the garbage. The chest freezer is a great place to store the food that you might not want right away. It will keep your meals fresh until you are ready to eat them, and it will also keep them out of the garbage.
The average chest freezer costs around $500 and might seem like a wasteful investment. But for the average 4-person household, the savings could double the cost over the span of just one year. Treat your food and your money with the care they deserve!
If you run into any problems with your chest freezer, the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service are just a phone call away. We offer 24/7 service to Long Island and New York City, so call us any time at 866-782-9376.
From too much cold air to not enough, your freezer can experience a wide variety of problems. Luckily for you, the repair experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service are here to walk you through all of your issues. Read below for step-by-step solutions for some of the most common freezer problems.
Does the air in your freezer feel warmer than it should? Most refrigerators only have one cooling mechanism for both the fresh food and freezer compartments, so here is how you should handle the problem:
If your refrigerator is cold but the freezer is not, your cold-air inlet is probably blocked. Find this hole (located in the freezer section, usually covered with a plastic grate) and make sure that it is unobstructed, along with the surrounding area.
When frost builds up on your freezer walls, air circulation is reduced and storage space is minimized. Here’s how to manually defrost your freezer:
“Freezer burn” happens when food is damaged by the conditions of your freezer. Although still edible, freezer burned food is usually dry and discolored, making it unappealing. Prevent it by:
No Ice from Ice Maker
If your ice maker has stopped producing fresh cubes, here is what to do:
Still having issues with your freezer? Don’t worry, the repair experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service are just a phone call away! If you live on Long Island or in New York City, call us to schedule your same-day appointment at 866-782-9376.