When you go to the grocery store and glance down the refrigerated aisle, you’ll see meats, cheeses, yogurts and much more. People know these foods need to be refrigerated, but there are quite a few items that people debate over. While everyone has their preference, these do’s and do not’s for refrigeration will come in handy the next time you’re putting away the groceries.
- Eggs- You need to refrigerate eggs due to threat of salmonella bacteria. Some other countries in the world like the UK don’t need to refrigerate eggs because they use a different processing process.
- Cheese- Most soft cheeses like ricotta should ALWAYS be refrigerated. You can get away with not refrigerating Parmesan or Romano, but make sure you always check the instructions.
- Soy Milk- This popular healthy form of milk needs to be refrigerated after opening. It can last for about a year in storage, but once it is opened, it won’t last more than a few hours without the refrigerator.
- Tomatoes- Keeping tomatoes in the fridge is pointless and it actually has a negative effect on their taste. The colder temperatures make them ripen slower and this actually gives them that mealy taste. That is why you should only buy tomatoes when you know you’re going to use them.
- Onions- Onions will soften if they are kept in the fridge and that will eventually lead to them becoming moldy. Store them in a bin or container in a shaded part of your kitchen for the best taste.
- Bread- If you don’t plan to eat bread within a week of purchase, wrap it up and store it in the freezer. The fridge won’t prolong it’s life long enough to cancel out the negative effects it has on the taste of the loaf. Nobody likes dry bread!
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In this heat wave we are experiencing, ice is always a refreshing treat. But what if your ice maker isn’t making ice? Well, that might make it tough to cool down your favorite beverages. But with a little patience and a positive attitude, you can have your ice maker back up and running in no time.
Check the Supply Line
If you can hear the machine buzzing but ice isn’t coming out, it is probably a problem with your water supply line. The buzzing sound indicates that the machine is asking for water to freeze, but that water isn’t arriving. You can start addressing this problem by examining your units supply line and looking for kinks. If this happens frequently, you might want to switch over to copper tubing.
Make Sure the Fill Tube Isn’t Frozen
If your ice cubes seem to have spent time under the shrink ray, you should assume there is a problem with your fill tube. Check to see if something has caused ice to back up around the mechanism—this can cause the fill tube to freeze. Try removing the blockage and see if your cubes return to normal size.
Check on the Solenoid
The water line runs through the solenoid before it travels back to the ice maker. If the solenoid is defective, it could be the source for all kinds of refrigerator problems. To deal with a malfunctioning solenoid, unplug your fridge and remove the sediment screen. Once you have the screen out, run it under some water and give it a good clean. Not only will this give you cleaner ice, but it could fix the machine all together!
You can’t afford to go ice-free in a summer like this. To ensure yourself a professional fix on all things refrigerator related, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service. We have been serving the NYC area for over 50 years and we always leave our customers with a smile on their face.
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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.
Nobody ever wants to find mold growing in their refrigerator, but it is bound to happen to some of us. This guide tells you everything you need to know about mold in your fridge; including where to look for it and how to kill it.
What is mold?
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow virtually anywhere, indoors or outside. Mold spreads by reproducing microscopic spores. When humans come in contact with these spores, they can cause symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, headaches, and respiratory infections.
Several thousands of different types of mold exist, ranging from green fuzz to black slime. All of them have one thing in common, though: you don’t want to find any of them growing in your refrigerator.
Why does mold grow in refrigerators?
Your refrigerator provides favorable conditions for mold to grow and reproduce. It is a dark environment with minimal air circulation and a lot of moisture (a key factor in mold growth). Some places that mold is known to grow in the refrigerator include:
Interior walls and shelves. Mold can grow anywhere on the inside walls or shelves of your refrigerator, especially if there is pooling water that isn’t immediately cleaned up.
On your food. If you have ever left something in the refrigerator for far too long, you have seen firsthand how mold can grow on your food.
On the gasket. The gasket, also known as the rubber door seal is a common hiding place for mold.
What do I do if there is mold in my fridge?
Don’t panic if you spot mold growing in your refrigerator. In most cases, it can safely be removed with a little bit of baking soda, warm water, and 20 minutes of your time. Just follow these steps:
Remove all food from your refrigerator. Throw away any items that the mold has come in direct contact with, as well as any uncovered foods in close proximity. Unopened foods stored in airtight containers can safely be kept.
In a bucket, combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.
Dip a clean cloth in the bucket, and begin wiping down all of your refrigerator’s walls, shelves, and drawers. Gently scrub these areas until all visible signs of mold growth are gone. As a precaution, also wipe the outside of food containers and plastic packaging.
Pour out the baking soda solution, and refill the bucket with warm water.
Using a new cloth, wipe down every surface that came in contact with the baking soda solution. Repeatedly dip the cloth in the warm water until there is no trace of baking soda in your refrigerator.
Thoroughly dry the interior and replace your food.
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If you are thinking about purchasing a new refrigerator for your home, one of the first things you will have to consider is style. Generally speaking, there are four different types of refrigerators: top freezers, bottom freezers, side by side, and French door.
Each of these styles offers its own unique set of pros and cons, which we will cover below.
The top freezer layout is probably what you picture when you think of a refrigerator. In this style, the frozen food compartment sits atop the fresh foods section. It is the most common type of refrigerator.
The top freezer refrigerator flipped upside down. This model features the frozen food section at the bottom of the appliance, usually accessible via pull-out drawer.
Side By Side
Side by side refrigerators are exactly what they sound like. Instead of being divided into a top and bottom section, they are split left and right with two doors that open from the middle.
A hybrid of the bottom freezer and side by side styles. This three-door refrigerator has two fresh food doors at the top, and a pull-out freezer at the bottom.
No matter what type of refrigerator you have, Speedy Refrigerator Service can fix it. Our technicians are licensed and knowledgeable enough to fix any style, make, or model of refrigerator. If you live in New York City, Nassau County, or Suffolk County, and are experiencing fridge problems, call us any time at 866-782-9376.