Refrigerators are very helpful among many Indian Houses. They play a crucial role in many Indian Kitchens. Before the invention of refrigerators, people used to store foods for some time using snow, cold water, caves, cellars and some used to dig in the ground and store foods. Around 1000 B.C. Chinese started to cut the ice and store foods in it. Initially, people in the centuries began to create different storage devices naturally. Mechanical Fridges began to come into existing in the year 1720 when a Scottish doctor named William Cullen observed evaporation process had a cooling effect.

Is really Indians need Fridge?Why Indians need Fridge?

As India is a hot country, Every Indian needs these refrigerators to keep their kitchen grocery, foods, and other items to keep them safe and fresh.

Fridge helps in adjusting the temperature according to the weather conditions to handle the food items for several weeks. Is really Indians need Fridge

Uses of Refrigerator in India:

  • Fruits, Vegetables, snacks, and many other food items can be stored, kept fresh for several days.
  • Great source of Ice, cold water, and can store any cold items.
  • You can store meat, drinks, groceries, etc.
  • Cooked food dishes can also be stored for few days, but make sure to eat before food gets spoiled.

Advantages and disadvantages of Refrigerator:

Advantages:

  • There are various prices depending on the features, style, design and the size of the fridge.
  • Can store variety of freezing components with different temperatures.
  • There are varieties of fridges as per various requirements such as house needs, corporate offices, traveling times, private personal mini-fridges, etc.
  • Fridges are not only meant for kitchen use, but they are also used in several ways in different domains such as schools, hospitals, houses, offices, Industrial areas to keep their required items along with foods in cool place.

Disadvantages:

  • Excess amount of CO2 release due to the gas present in it.
  • Common repair problems caused every now and then depending on the usage.
  • Disposal problems as fridge contains high amount of Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) which are not environmental friendly and causes heavy damage to the nature.
  • It runs with electricity and energy usage is very high in this.

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Tips to keep fridge in good condition for long time:

  • Clean it every ones and then to keep fridge clean and neat.
  • Organize every item in a neat manner
  • Check the deep-fridge in the refrigerator clean and do not let ice to freeze as it can spoil.
  • Always remove the frozen ice from deep-fridge.
  • Change the foods and water stored in fridge continuously. As it can spoil food if stored for a long time.
  • Switch-off fridge when you are out of town to save electricity.
  • Check for new and latest features before buying it.

Foods You Should Not store in Refrigerator:

Here is the list of foods you should not store in refrigerator. And the reasons might be different for each foods You Should Not store in the refrigerator. Some of the common foods are listed below.Bananas Should Not store in Refrigerator

  • Fruits: Fruits such as banana, berries, melons, Avocado, winter squashes, etc.
  • Vegetables: Veggies as tomato, potatoes, onions, etc.
  • Baked Items: Bread, cake, toasts, etc.
  • Liquids: Coffee, Tea, salad dressings, etc.
  • Others: Honey, Garlic, oils, grounded spices, pickles, herbs, etc.

These are the foods you should not store for a long duration as they may dry, lose the original taste, spoil the foods due to cold temperature, reduces the flavor, etc. Fruits can be store for 1-2 hours to get the coolness and the crispy texture before eating. As we all know fridges are not luxury but they are the main need in every household, use fridge in the best possible way. Live a happy life.

Storage Time for Foods in Fridge:

Here is the chart of foods duration which can be stored in the fridge. This list shows the extent of foods till what temperature it can be in good condition and till how many days we can eat stored food. If the food is not stored properly odor, flavor and taste of the foods may change while it has been stored.

Category Food Refrigerator (40°F or below) Freezer (0°F or below)
Salads Egg, chicken, ham, tuna & macaroni salads 3 to 5 days Does not freeze well
Hot dogs opened package 1 week 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Luncheon meat opened package or deli sliced 3 to 5 days 1 to 2 months
unopened package 2 weeks 1 to 2 months
Bacon & Sausage Bacon 7 days 1 month
Sausage, raw - from chicken, turkey, pork, beef 1 to 2 days 1 to 2 months
Hamburger & Other Ground Meats Hamburger, ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb, & mixtures of them 1 to 2 days 3 to 4 months
Fresh Beef, Veal, Lamb & Pork Steaks 3 to 5 days 6 to 12 months
Chops 3 to 5 days 4 to 6 months
Roasts 3 to 5 days 4 to 12 months
Fresh Poultry Chicken or turkey, whole 1 to 2 days 1 year
Chicken or turkey, pieces 1 to 2 days 9 months
Soups & Stews Vegetable or meat added 3 to 4 days 2 to 3 months
Leftovers Cooked meat or poultry 3 to 4 days 2 to 6 months
Chicken nuggets or patties 3 to 4 days 1 to 3 months
Pizza 3 to 4 days 1 to 2 months


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Author's Bio: Ashreetha Pendkar Is a Healthcare writer, trainer and Digital marketing expert, she loves to read healthcare content and spreading her words about the importance of the health to near & dears.