refrigerator is your kitchen friend right? You bet. However, you should know
some facts that could maximize the use of this most worthy of modern equipment.
Here are some ref-inspired questions and some interesting answers.
part of the refrigerator is coldest? You might answer the freezer compartment,
right? Not exactly. Most ref-savvy professionals agree that if a refrigerator
has a separate freezer (with its own door), there probably is no “coldest”
part as the cold is supposedly evenly distributed. Those with built-in freezer
compartments though have the coldest part, on the shelf directly below the
most refrigerators, this would be the chiller section. Why so? Probably because
cold air is heavier. As such, it tends to settle and the chiller is just
directly beneath the cool freezer so it traps most of the cold air. Anyway, the
reason why finding out which part of the refrigerator is coldest is important as
some dishes specify that their storage be in the coldest part.
hot food immediately stored in a refrigerator? Yes and no. It seems that in the
olden days, the very first refrigerators have poor insulation. As such, it would
not be advisable to immediately place hot foods inside them as they would
obviously wreak havoc to the refrigerator’s temperature and even melt the
present, most refrigerators have better insulation and even have carefully
controlled temperatures. However, it would be advisable to cool foodstuffs first
before placing them inside refrigerators in order to avoid the possibility of
is advisable to cram every available space of the refrigerators with foodstuff ?
No. Despite the closed space, air still needs to circulate freely in the
refrigerator in order for the temperature to remain cool. The same goes for the
freezer compartment as a full freezer makes it harder for the refrigerator to
maintain a constant temperature. In fact, the latter makes the ref work harder
resulting even in greater amount of electricity used.
relation to this, would be advisable to sometimes keep foodstuffs not in their
original form, especially when freezing. For example, one can separate the meat
from the bones, and packaging the meat in plastic before placing them in the
freezer. Without the bones, the meat would
obviously take up less space and thus result in more space for air
circulation, if not for other foodstuffs.
is advisable to store honey, preserves and marmalades inside the refrigerators?
Surprisingly, it is not advisable. Any foodstuff that contains a great deal of
sugar run the risk of granulation, especially when placed in a cool environment
like a refrigerator. Indeed, it is best to store these foodstuff in a cool dry
place instead of the refrigerator. Just be sure to that insects (e.g. ants) do
not have access to them.
don’t panic if these foodstuff you chose to place inside the refrigerators is
important as some foods absorb foul smells. One can eliminate the latter by
washing the refrigerator with a mixture of baking soda and water. Also placing a
saucer or bowl full of baking soda and water. Also placing a saucer or bowl full
of baking soda and charcoal is handy in eliminating odors.
way of preventing odors from spreading inside a ref is by keeping food in
separate containers. Plastic containers are handy in this case as some of the
newer containers even have odors preventing qualities.