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!
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, it is our job to make sure your refrigerator is working order. We provide one hour emergency service to the NYC, Long Island and Queens areas 365 days a year. We know refrigerator malfunctions don’t work around your schedule, but we do!
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“Trick or Treat!” Regardless of what you have in your bowl, the excitement of Halloween is enough to drive any child crazy. They’re all out with their friends, dressed to impress and looking for the house that has the best goodies. Well, you can make your house that house by adopting some of these refrigerated candy treats.
The candy apple is a difficult thing to keep fresh. Not only do you have to keep the hard covered candy coating from spoiling, you also have to worry about the apple underneath. An important thing to remember when it comes to refrigerating candy apples is that you need to beware of the gap, or where the stick enters the top of the apple. If there is a space, air can get inside of the apple and spoil it quicker than usual. If you want to keep your apples fresh for the maximum amount of time, try using the following storage tactic.
- Place apple upside down (stick upwards) on a piece of wax paper.
- Bring the four corners of the wax paper together and tie them around the stick tightly.
- For more reinforcement, you could try wrapping the apples in plastic wrap prior to the wax paper.
- After you have done this, you can try decorating your wrapping to enhance the presentation.
Most chocolate does not belong in the refrigerator. But if you are someone who enjoys a nice cool treat, there is a right and wrong way to do it. You shouldn’t bother storing store bought candy in the fridge. It will only make it stale and difficult to chew. As for homemade fudge, you’ll want to keep it in the refrigerator at around 40°F on a baking sheet covered in plastic wrap. Make sure you store it on a shelf where nothing can go on top and it shouldn’t be in there for longer than three days.
At Speedy Refrigerator Service, we have been keeping refrigerators going through the holiday season for over 75 years. For us, Halloween marks the start of the holiday season and that means we are kicking it into high gear! We are still offering $25 off of our appliance repair service and we would encourage you to take advantage of that today.
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You might not think about how you stock your refrigerator, but it could help you live a healthier lifestyle. What we put into our bodies typically comes from the fridge and that isn’t always a good thing. Cakes, leftovers, pizza; all of these things seem to jump out at us every time we open up the refrigerator door. But what if we told you that the key to healthy eating is making those items jump a little less?Ready-To-Go Snacks
When hunger strikes, you want food and you want it right now! This often leads to you reaching for the leftovers in the fridge that are readily available. All you have to do at that point is make easy, healthy snacks the thing you reach for first. Try bagging some nuts and leaving them with your yogurt or doing the same with veggie sticks and hummus. It’s quick and far more nutritional than leftover pizza.
Devise a Plan
Don’t open up the fridge just for the sake of doing so. One, you want to keep the door closed as much as possible to save money on your energy bill. And two, this will lead to you taking out something that is appealing to the eye. If you go in with a plan of exactly what you want from the fridge, your eyes won’t wander and you’ll make healthier choices.
Stuck In the Middle
Studies show that people are more likely to choose an item from the middle shelf than any other area in the fridge. With this in mind, keep your healthy fruits and vegetables in the middle and don’t make it a hassle to reach them. You want to eliminate any reason you might have for not making a healthy choice.
Hide the Sweets
Everyone needs a treat now and again, but discipline can be tough. Hiding your snacks in dark Tupperware’s or containers is a good way to avoid slipping up. Put the cookies, cake and other sweets behind the healthy foods so that your eyes aren’t drawn to them. If they’re right in front of your face, it is almost impossible to avoid giving in.
Refrigerators can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on your organization. With all the shelves and drawers that come with newer units, it is easy to hide the bad and put the good front and center. If you need help getting that new refrigerator up and running, call Speedy Refrigerator Service and we will be over in one hour!
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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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Before the refrigerator, many homeowners used an ice delivery system to keep their food from spoiling. Ice would come in on a Monday and be placed in an ice box/cellar to help it stay frozen throughout the week. These 19th century families would then bury meats, cheeses and other refrigerated products in these cellars to be consumed later. The problem here was that the liners of these cellars were unreliable, and the ice would only last between 5-7 days. Someone needed to find a better way. Luckily, they did. It was called the refrigerator.
Like most major inventions, the refrigerator can trace its roots back to a series of smaller inventions:
- 1748- At the University of Glasgow, William Cullen developed the first artificial refrigeration system. For an unknown reason, he never tried to use his discovery for practical purposes.
- 1805- US inventor Oliver Evans designed the 1st refrigeration system that used vapor to cool.
- 1844- US physician John Gorrie built a refrigerator that was used to cool the air for yellow fever patients.
- 1927- After several more small advancements, General Electric released the first widely used home refrigeration system which used Freon to cool.
The new refrigerator was a lot more effective than the icebox, but people still couldn’t afford the convenience. The 1st General Electric refrigerator cost anywhere between $350-$600. This was far too steep a price for an American family during the Great Depression. It wasn’t until after WWII that the refrigerator industry really took off. By the year 1950, almost 80% of American homes were using refrigerators, compared to just 30% in the 1930’s. The refrigerator had arrived, and everyone was getting on board.
The Present & Future
Over time the refrigerator has evolved into an appliance that every home/apartment has. Their cost has gone down significantly, and their new features continue to entice people to upgrade. The refrigerator has become more advanced, but the same purpose remains. Keep food cold and safe for us to eat!
As amazing as the refrigerator is, it is not indestructible. If your unit is experiencing problems, call the experts at Speedy Refrigerator Service to have it taken care of. We haven’t been around as long as the fridge itself, but we have been serving the New York City area for over 50 years!
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