Cold Storage Tips Needed? Refrigerators and freezers are invaluable items of equipment in the kitchen. Both of these appliances ensure that we have a wide choice of safe, fresh food at any time of the year, and they can help us create a varied, healthy diet.
When you are selecting a refrigerator or a freezer, consider the needs of your household carefully. Decide on the capacity that you require, taking into account the space available and the foods you store most often, such as garden produce or convenience foods.
Using baskets: Add extra storage baskets to a chest freezer. They will make it much easier to find and organize the contents of the freezer. Extra storage baskets can usually be ordered from the manufacturer.
Using drawer markers: If you choose an upright freezer, look for a model that has contents cards on the front of the drawers. These will help you keep track of items stored. List the foods in each drawer on the attached card.
Looking for Features
• When choosing a freezer, look for one with a built-in temperature indicator on the outside. This will allow you to check that the appliance is running efficiently without opening the door.
• Moving easily: If your house has solid floors, choose a refrigerator or freezer with casters, since they will make the appliance reasonably easy to move. Casters may damage soft flooring such as vinyl.
• Lighting the interior: Check whether a freezer has an interior light, which is especially useful in a chest freezer. If not, keep a battery-operated clip-on light handy so that you can see the contents easily.
Buying a Freezer
• Assessing capacity: Allow 2 cu ft (57 liters) of freezer space for each person in your household, together with an extra 2 cu ft (57 liters) if you do a lot of entertaining.
• Fitting the space: If space is tight, choose an upright freezer, which will take up less floor space than a chest freezer.
• Positioning a freezer: Check that there is enough space to open the freezer door or lid. The door of an upright freezer may need to open through an angle of more than 90° so that the drawers can be pulled out.
Buying a Refrigerator
• Assessing capacity: Make sure that your refrigerator is large enough for your needs. Allow 8 cu ft (228 liters) for the first two people in the household, then another cu ft (28 liters) for each additional person.
• Reducing workload: For easy maintenance, it is best to choose a frost-free refrigerator-freezer, since these do not need to be defrosted.
• Selecting shelves: Make sure that refrigerator shelves are adjustable in order to accommodate large items.
• Adjusting height: Make sure that a refrigerator or freezer is stable. Use a level to check whether the appliance is level, and adjust the legs or casters accordingly.
• Moving easily: To move an appliance without casters, slip an old piece of carpet under the foot to help it slide.
• Avoiding dampness: To allow the air to circulate all around a freezer that is stored in a garage, raise the appliance 2 in (5 cm) off the ground by placing it on blocks.