Storing Food And Saving Energy; Ideas For Storing Foods; Fresh Food Storage; Fruits And Vegetables - Electrolux 242232501 Use And Care Manual

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Storing Food and Saving Energy

Ideas for storing foods

Fresh food storage

Do not store warm foods or
evaporating liquids in the appliance.
Do cover or wrap the food,
particularly if it has a strong flavor.
Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator
shelves, which reduces air circulation
and causes uneven cooling.

Fruits and vegetables

Store fruits and vegetables in crisper
drawers, where trapped moisture
helps preserve food quality for longer
time periods.
Wash items and remove excess water.
Wrap any items that have strong
odors or high moisture content.
Meat
Wrap raw meat and poultry
separately and securely to prevent
leaks and contamination of other
foods or surfaces.
Any meat to be kept longer than two
days should be frozen.

Frozen food storage

Make sure that the commercially
frozen food was stored by the retailer.
Once defrosted, foods deteriorate
rapidly and can not be re-frozen.
Do not exceed the storage period
indicated by the food manufacturer.
A freezer operates most efficiently
when it is at least ⅔ full.
Packaging foods for freezing
To minimize food dehydration and
quality deterioration, use aluminum foil,
freezer wrap, freezer bags, or airtight
containers. Force as much air out of
the packages as possible and seal
them tightly. Trapped air can cause
food to dry out, change color, and
develop an off-flavor (freezer burn).
Wrap fresh meats and poultry with
suitable freezer wrap prior to freezing.
Do not refreeze meat that has
completely thawed.
Loading the freezer
Prior to grocery shopping, activate
Super freeze so that on your return
you can ensure your newly purchased
food designated for the freezer will be
preserved as quickly as possible.
Activating Super freeze also will
help your freezer more efficiently
maintain the selected temperature
after placing new purchases with pre-
existing frozen foods.
Avoid adding too much warm food
to the freezer at one time. This
overloads the freezer, slows the
rate of freezing, and can raise the
temperature of frozen foods.
Leave a space between packages, so
cold air can circulate freely, allowing
food to freeze as quickly as possible.

Ideas for saving energy

Installation
Locate the refrigerator in the coolest
part of the room, out of direct
sunlight, and away from heating
ducts or registers.
Do not place the refrigerator next to
heat-producing appliances such as a
range, oven, or dishwasher. If this is
not possible, a section of cabinetry or
an added layer of insulation between
the two appliances will help the
refrigerator operate more efficiently.
Level the refrigerator so that the
doors close tightly.

Temperature settings

Refer to the Controls section for
procedures on temperature settings.
Food storage
Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator
or blocking cold air vents. Doing so
causes the refrigerator to run longer
and use more energy.
Cover foods and wipe containers
dry before placing them in the
refrigerator. This cuts down on
moisture build-up inside the unit.
Organize the refrigerator to reduce
door openings. Remove as many
items as needed at one time and
close the door as soon as possible.
Do not place a hot container directly
on a cold shelf. Remember, such an
extreme temperature change may
damage the glass.
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