The humble fridge freezer takes pride of place in every commercial and domestic kitchen. We all use them, defrost them every now and then and replace them when they break. But most of us don’t know a few basic facts about them.
1. They can get too cold
If a fridge free freezer is kept at an external temperature that is too low, it can turn itself off, as the Telegraph explains.
2. They use more than their fair share of electricity
When we go on holiday, most of us switch all the appliances off except for the fridge freezer. And yet it consumes a whopping 10 per cent of our total energy bills so you’ll spend more on paying the bill than on replacing the ice cream in the freezer.
3. Size does matter
Getting the right size fridge freezer will make a dramatic difference to your bills. A commercial freezer must be big enough to accommodate the business now and any planned expansions if appropriate. Comparisons can be made to decide on the right volume. For domestic fridges, Which offers a useful guide.
4. Fridge designers are very intelligent
Albert Einstein once designed and patented a refrigerator alongside Leo Szilard. Their refrigerator doesn’t use electricity and using it reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere instead of producing them. It cools through the use of pressurised gases and doesn’t have moving parts so it would require minimal maintenance. Scientists are now trying to recreate it, and apparently this design from the past is being heralded as the future when it comes to refrigeration.
5. Help the aged
If you have an elderly fridge freezer that you sadly have to say goodbye to, it must be disposed of correctly because it could contain chemicals that are toxic and damaging to the environment.
It will also contain plastic compartments or shelves inside so make sure to recycle these as companies that use Plastic Moulding techniques spend a lot of time and skill to make them.
To see what else can be made from plastic you could visit https://www.meadex.co.uk/materials/plastic/#moulding and check out just how amazing the products are.
6. A crisper needs its own ecosystem
Well, not quite. But if it has its own temperature controls and is sealed, your vegetables will stay crisp for longer. It uses temperature to maintain the right humidity to keep vegetables in the conditions they need to stay fresh.
7. Everything freezes
Very few things can’t be frozen and used later, except for soft cheese which doesn’t maintain its texture properties when defrosted.
8. Use by dates are guidelines on frozen food
Frozen food starts to deteriorate in quality after three months, but can be kept for years and still used safely as long as it is cooked well.
9. Fridges could save us millions of pounds
Every year, households in the UK waste food unnecessarily when it could easily be stored at the correct temperature and last for longer, eliminating the need to throw it away. This could save us up to £200 million every year as a nation.
10. There is a right temperature
To store food for the optimum period of time in the fridge, it should be set to between 0 and 5 degrees centigrade. Any higher and it will go off. Any lower and it will partly freeze and be wasted anyway.