Places– of Charm

How many times do I “go into” my refrigerator and realize I need to reorganize it?  Well, it isn’t as small as this circa 1927 model, Vintage 1927 GE Refrigerator by beautifulcataya but there are ways to fit twice as much in the fridge. 1). Get extra space by removing the egg tray.  Some standard refrigerators come with an egg tray on the door.  Eggs last longer placed inside the fridge because of warm air whenever the door is opened.  Removing the egg tray allows for extra space for jars and other containers. 2) Adjust the shelves for maximum storage space.   Most people leave shelves in the same place the factory put them, but realize they are adjustable. If you buy a lot of tall items such as milk, juice, and tall bottles of iced tea or soda, one of the best space savers is to set one shelf taller than the tallest container by a couple of inches.  3). Gain 30% more room by tossing extra packaging around a 6-pack of soda or “box” of Snapple iced tea.  This allows for better fitting.  4).  Storing items such as bread and coffee in the fridge does not make them keep longer.  Condensation, cold, and flucturating temperatures make them dry out faster than in the cabinet.  Also, fruits such as tomatoes, melons, and oranges spoil faster at cooler temperatures.  Store them on the counter.  5). Bag items and gain more room.  Big plastic containers for storing leftovers are bulky.  Divide among zip-lock bags.  Even better, try vacuum sealing bags (Reynolds Handi-vac sealing systems that remove excess air, shutting down bacteria and shrinking the bag.)  How long do foods really last? Eggs last 3 weeks past the sell-by date.  After they are washed, processing plants coat eggs in a protective mineral that blocks bacteria from penetrating the shell’s tiny pores.  Milk, if kept at 40 degrees,  lasts 5 days past the sell-by date because pasteurization destroys harmful bacteria.  Ground beef lasts 2 days past the sell-by date if the package is sealed until you are ready to prepare it.

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13 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Nancy London

    Kathleen, I can’t tell you how many times I can’t find something and buy it again, only to find it spoiled later!

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, the temperature is oppressively hot. By noon it’s 100 degrees. But we took the tram up to the mountain. The highest peak is 10,000 feet, but the Palm Springs tram only goes to 8,000. It was 60 degrees up there, and it looks like Big Bear with lots of pines, furs, running streams and abundant birds and creatures. Beautiful.

  3. Kathleen

    OOOO LA LA, Janessa, we stayed at this Spanish revival bed and breakfast except that they didn’t serve any food– no matter with the old world charm! I loved the walled patio with the gate into a private courtyard. For $200 we had a little condo with kitchen, living room, 2 baths, and a bedroom. The Andulusian grounds were spectacular. I got my laps in at the pool around 8 a.m. while it was still in the 80s and shady.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Yes, they do and have roll-away beds. There’s a hot tub in every private garden, and kids always love them. Also every unit has washer-dryer.

  5. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Sounds like it was designed with couples in mind, and I would probably choose a big hotel for us since our boys make a lot of noise. They would probably like the Palm Springs Riviera Hotel.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    You are right, Mary Alice. It’s better for families, and I know what you mean. Kids are supposed to be loud!

  7. Reba Studebaker

    Good idea since I like to sleep in on vacation! Palm Springs is pleasant in the winter but in June, I’d rather go to Big Bear/Arrowhead!

  8. Janessa Breckenridge

    We went to the desert once in June. After that, neither of us complained about the coastal California marine layer ever again!

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