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Food Storage And Energy-Saving Ideas - Kenmore 253.6152 Series Use & Care Manual

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Food Storage & Energy Saving Ideas
Food storage Ideas
Fresh Food Storage
• The fresh food compartment should be
kept between 34°F and 40°F with an
optimum temperature of 37°F.
• Avoid overcrowding the refrigerator
shelves. This reduces the circulation
of air around the food and results in
uneven cooling.
Fruits and Vegetables
• Storage in the crisper drawers helps
preserve the fruit and vegetable quality
for longer time periods.
Meat
• Raw meat and poultry should be
wrapped securely so leakage and
contamination of other foods or
surfaces does not occur.
Frozen Food Storage
• The freezer compartment should be kept
at 0°F or lower.
• A freezer operates most efficiently when
it is at least 2/3 full.
Packaging Foods for Freezing
• To minimize 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
• 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 the packages,
so cold air can circulate freely, allowing
food to freeze as quickly as possible.
• Avoid storing hard-to-freeze foods such
as ice cream and orange juice on the
freezer door shelves. These foods are
best stored in the freezer interior where
the temperature varies less.
Energy saving ideas
• Locate the
refrigerator in
the coolest part
of the room, out
of direct sunlight,
and away from
heating products
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.
• Refer to this Use & Care Manual for the
suggested temperature control settings.
• Periodic cleaning of the condenser
will help the refrigerator run more
efficiently. See the Care and Cleaning
Chart.
• Do not overcrowd the refrigerator or
block cold air vents located at upper
rear of refrigerator compartment. 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.
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