Most people today wouldn’t think of living without a refrigerator and freezer. Can you picture having to shop for fresh food every day? No way to save leftovers, or even a bottle of milk?
Depending on the size of your kitchen and your household, you can choose anything from a compact refrigerator to a large American style fridge freezer, or practically anything in between. For most families, the popular choice is a fridge freezer, which combines a cool storage area for fresh foods and a freezer sections for frozen foods.
Modern choices include options with a side fridge freezer or stainless fridge freezer. For colour choices, today you can choose from a black fridge freezer or a white fridge freezer, as well as numerous other colour selections.
There are many popular brands, such as the Samsung fridge freezer, Bosch fridge freezer, and Smeg fridge freezer, and they are made to fit any budget. Fridge freezers range from about £150 to over £2500, and Price Inspector can help you buy a cheap fridge freezer in the UK.
Refrigerators are the second-biggest user of energy in your home, second to central heating. This is because they must constantly run. Like most home appliances, fridge freezers receive Eurolabel grades for energy efficiency. Fridge freezers are labelled A++, A+, A, B or C, with. A++ being the most efficient and C being the least. Your older fridge freezers might be rated as low as G. The classifications system is broken down as follows:
C Very good
As manufacturers improved their energy efficiency, the additional levels of A+ and A++ were added.
Running costs are calculated by multiplying the kW used by the average cost of electricity plus VAT. Individual costs vary depending on how much your local electricity costs. Other factors include how well stocked the fridge freezer is, where it is located, and how well it is ventilated. You can improve the performance by making sure your door seals stay clean, which creates an airtight seal.
Generally, more expensive fridge freezers receive higher Eurolabel ratings because they include more energy-saving features, such as thicker insulation, alarms that will let you know if the door is left open, or automatic door closure.
Modern fridge freezers are free of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydro-fluorocarbons (HFCs), both of which may be damaging to the ozone layer and increase global warming.
After you have purchased your new fridge freezer, you may suddenly have more freezer room than before. Your appliance will be more energy efficient if it’s kept full, and one convenient time-saver is to freeze meals for future use. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. For freezer friendly meals, some people will make a double batch at once, and then freeze half. After all, if you have the ingredients handy, it doesn’t take much longer to make two dishes of lasagne instead of one.
Another freezer-meal approach is to not pre-cook the food. Instead, you would simply assemble all the ingredients that can be frozen so they are convenient, but you still cook them fresh. For meat loaf, for example, your freezer bag would contain raw ground beef, herbs, chopped onions, and bread crumbs. Mix them together, put them in the freezer bag, then roll it out flat so it freezes and thaws evenly. When you are ready to cook the meal, simply thaw, mix it with egg, shape into a loaf, and bake as usual.
Whether you are freezing fresh or raw foods make sure to prevent freezer burn by properly storing the items. Items must be carefully sealed so there are no air leaks, such as with aluminium foil and/or freezer bags. Label the item with the contents and date, and periodically review the freezer’s contents to avoid having an item go unused for a long period of time.
If you are unsure whether a food will freeze well, you can easily find information in cookbooks and on the Internet.