The Joys of an Aging Fridge
How to Store Fruits and Veggies
In order to save fruits and vegetables for the winter and
beyond, one needs a spare fridge. Or more than one, depending on the size of
your garden and home orchard. Keep your eye open for an ad in the DailyUV or in
the newspaper for an aging fridge. For best results, you want a fridge built
before they made them “frost free.”
I am 70 years old, and I have a fridge made by GE in 1946,
my birth year. It works great. Yes, it does need to be defrosted at least once
a year, but it does not dry out my vegetables. I got it free from someone who
was moving away.
Small, but utilitarian fridge still works - after 70 years
Frost free refrigerators change the air inside and remove moisture from it. They actually warm up the air at times to melt off any built-up ice or frost. This is bad for its ability to keep veggies fresh.
Having had a number of old refrigerators, I can attest to the fact that they are better insulated than modern ones, and use much less electricity. Gaskets are simpler, and easier to change.
Of course there are other solutions to the humidity problem in a modern fridge. You can put your potatoes, carrots and other root crops in the fridge in 5-gallon pail. Just remove the shelves. And in the bottom of that pail, add an inch of coarse sand and a little water. Cover the veggies with a tea towel to hold in the moisture but allow the veggies to breathe.
I’m no kid anymore. But I like the fact that my fridge, the one that is my age, still runs fine.
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