Mark Eglington 2017-09-22 04:21:13
When soggy, wilted and limp are on the menu, it’s time to find out why. Here are a few of my chilling secrets to keep your lettuces crisp, your carrots “clean” and your fresh fruit happily humid. Moisture rules When it comes to saving your food you want to escape the cold dry air that causes spoilage. Separate airflows in your freezer and fridge are a must, as well as really well-designed, precise temperature control in storage compartments.Look for patented BioCool or BioFresh features that help keep food fresh longer. Green means clean Meeting or exceeding Energy Star ratings is normal. But it’s cooling performance that counts when it comes to being green. Well-placed LEDs create a cool and uniform light source that doesn’t introduce heat. Glass shelving in doors ensures the overall temperature isn’t compromised, while use of glass reduces plastic off-gassing.Being environmentally friendly also means considering companies with truly green design and manufacturing processes, and asking whether they label parts for future recycling. Less is more Razzle-dazzle won’t take better care of your food. There’s a lot of “good Tech” in the pipeline that will make shopping and inventory management as easy as one, two, three, but sister, we aren’t there yet. Check for easy-to-read LED displays of the actual inside temperature, userfriendly intuitive design that supports temperature settings and an alarm that will sound when the door is left open. Two compressors are better than one Perhaps the naughtiest little secret in the fridge biz is the fact that most operate with just one compressor. But when you have two speed-controlled compressors—one in the fridge and another in the freezer—they independently and automatically ensure the exact performance required for lowenergy consumption and quiet operation. The best compressors will “gear down” to a low-energy state overnight and “gear up” to increase cooling capacity during peak use. It’s about “useable space” Cubic-foot comparison isn’t too useful or accurate. Instead, assess the functional space. Seek out fridges with gallon storage in the door, adjustable split shelves and thin sidewall insulation. Nasty noises no more Silence is king. Pay attention to European sleek-flush installations versus freestanding units where the Compressors and vents in the front of the unit can be like speakers, noisily broadcasting your fridge’s activity. Ask for systems that are placed at the bottom and the back for a super-quiet, vibration-free experience. Also watch for specially designed hinges for quiet, gentle closing. Good-bye freezer burn This annoying cause of food waste is the result of fluctuations in temperature within the freezer compartment due to cold air rushing out when the door is opened. It does not occur when proper refrigeration technology is able to expel moisture/humidity. There is no need for food to become covered in ice if your fridge keeps a consistent temperature. Quick chill for freshness Bringing new meaning to “I’ll be home soon,” set a “super-cool” feature before you shop and upon your return your fridge will have dropped its temperature to one degree celsius and be ready to accept new foods. Super-cool also seals in nutrients and flavour. Mark Eglington is the son of a South African who taught him how to sell the very best European appliances to Canadians.He grew up in Oakville, got his MBA in Australia and, along the way, interned at the Liebherr factory in Germany. READY FOR A NEW FRIDGE? CHECK OUT THESE SUPER-COOL QUICK TIPS 1\ Work with an experienced product specialist 2\ Insist on “best in class” food preservation 3\ Think layout and good use of space 4\ Check noise levels—the product should be silent 5\ Top-notch energy efficiency should be high on your list
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