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How to Store Food Safely in a Fridge or Freezer

Last month I talked about the best ways of cleaning a refrigerator.  This time I am going to run through the basics of safely storing food in a fridge or freezer.

One of the worst things we can do is throw out food because it has gone off.  It is bad for the environment and a waste of your money.  Sensible storage can cut down this food waste dramatically.

First things first.  Always wash your hands before handling food, whether it is cooking or putting away.  Most fridges have a meat locker at the bottom of the fridge.  Use this to store raw meat, poultry and fish away from other foods so they can’t be contaminated.

Make sure that the temperature of your fridge is 40 degrees F or cooler and that your freezer is 0 degrees F.

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5 Key Steps to Clean a Refrigerator

I am sure you are aware of the importance of keeping your refrigerator clean and tidy to ensure your food is stored safely and hygienically.  Here are some tips to help you achieve that.

I always recommend planning a regular cleaning schedule and sticking to it.  In the case of your refrigerator it also pays to run your eye over the interior on a daily basis so that you can clean up any spillages as soon as possible.  

When it comes to cleaning products I favour natural products whenever possible.  Ordinary baking soda, for instance, is fantastic at removing stains and also absorbing any unpleasant odours.  

White vinegar is excellent for cleaning stainless steel including whole doors if you have a stainless steel fridge.  It is usually advisable to try a small area first to check there are no adverse effects.

Under no circumstances is it advisable to use bleach or disinfectant in a refrigerator.  They contain very strong chemicals which could make people ill. 

Some general kitchen cleaning products, such as surface wipes infused with citrus oils are usable but avoid any other products.

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How to Avoid Laundry Disasters!

I know loading the washing machine seems a simple task, but just remembering a few things can avoid potentially expensive disasters!

To start with, check all pockets are empty.  Look for things like coins and keys, especially electronic car keys which are especially susceptible to water damage.

It also pays to do up zippers and make sure all buttons are undone and sleeves rolled down.  The agitation of a washing cycle can cause buttons to tear in their buttonholes, for instance.  To cut down on possible fading turn dark clothes, such as jeans, inside out.

Finally check care labels in case any items need special laundry treatment.

Distribute the clothing evenly and loosely in the machine and avoid overloading.  The largest load of laundry should not take up more than three quarters of the drum.  If using a top loader, do not load clothes above the agitator.

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Keep Your Oven Racks Clean!

I know that cleaning your oven racks is a time consuming and down-right dirty job but it is one that needs to be done.  

Here are some simple and practical ways of dealing with the chore.

•    Dryer Sheets & Dishwashing Liquid – Line your bath carefully with dryer sheets and put the oven racks on top of them.  Then fill the bath with enough warm water to cover the racks and add half a cup of dishwashing liquid.  Allow to soak overnight and drain in the morning, wiping the racks clean with the dryer cloths.  The bath can then be easily rinsed clean.

•    Baking Soda & Vinegar – Place the racks in the bath without any water in it.  Sprinkle baking soda over them and then pour on the vinegar.  There should be plenty of foaming, which is normal.  When the foaming stops run enough hot water in the bath to cover the racks.  Let them sit overnight and rub clean the following morning with any old cloth.  Rinse thoroughly before replacing the racks in the oven.

•    Dishwasher Soap Bath – Once again, you will be using your bathtub.  This time line it with some old towels and carefully place the racks on them. Pour in enough hot water to cover the racks.  Add a cup of dishwasher granules and leave to soak overnight.  Rinse in the morning and wipe clean with a cloth.

•    Commercial Cleaning Products – nearly all commercial cleaning products produce toxic fumes so make sure to clean the racks outdoors.  Lay down some old newspapers or similar and place the racks on top.  Put on some protective rubber gloves and spray the racks on both sides.  Leave to sit for at least ten minutes and then scrub with an old cloth or rag.  Rinse thoroughly before replacing the racks in the oven.

Kristie Allsopp in Washing Machine Furore!

Kristie Allsopp in Washing Machine Furore!I don’t follow many so-called twitter storms but the reports of one recently may me smile.

Location, Location, Location presenter Kristie Allsopp announced on social media “It’s disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen”.

The topic arose in response to a comment from someone saying that American work colleagues were confused by the British practice of siting their washing machine in the kitchen.  It seems that in America and many parts of Europe washing machines are located in bathrooms or dedicated laundry or utility rooms.

"Bathroom, hall cupboard, airing cupboard, google tiny laundry rooms", commented Kristie.

However it is not that simple with British homes.  Unless they are built with a laundry/utility room the washing machine seems to be logically situated in the kitchen.  Don’t forget that there are no electrical sockets in UK bathrooms for safety reasons.

The debate went on.  "Really?  We live in a moderately-sized, four-bed semi and couldn't fit a washing machine anywhere other than the kitchen!" remarked one Twitter user.

Attempting to defuse the debate Kristie commented “Please note there is a degree of humour in this debate, no need to take it quite so seriously”.
 
Someone called Nick had an alternative solution.  “I keep my washing machine at my Nan’s house.  Saves her getting the bus to mine”.    

How thoughtful of you Nick!