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Food Storage & Energy Saving Ideas
Food storage Ideas
Fresh Food Storage
• The fresh food compartment should be kept
between 1°C (34°F) and 4°C (40°F) with an
optimum temperature of 3°C (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 -18°C (0°F) or lower.
• A freezer operates most efficiently when it
is at least ⅔ 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. 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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