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Chilled food storage in the kitchen

Chilled food storage in the kitchen

When judging which fridge or freezer best suits your needs, bear in mind the size of your family, your shopping and eating habits, and the position the appliance will occupy in the kitchen. How you organise your food in the space available is the key so check that the model of your choice has adjustable shelves and see-through drawers to offer the most flexibility.

UNDERCOUNTER FRIDGE-FREEZERS

In a small kitchen, consider an under counter, side-by-side fridge-freezer that will keep limited worktop space free for food preparation. If the appliance is flush-fitting, the interior space is well-organized, and the appliance is placed directly below a food preparation area, it can work very efficiently. Bear in mind though, that the fridge is one of the most-used items in the kitchen, and frequent bending down to take out or put back food may become irritating.

FRIDGE DRAWERS

A recent innovation in cold food storage is fridges and freezers that are compact enough to lit into the space of a drawer. These allow chilled fresh produce to be stored at a number of strategic sites around the kitchen.

SMALL FRIDGE-FREEZER

Think carefully before deciding to buy a small fridge freezer. lf you enjoy cooking on a regular basis, you may find its limited capacity very inconvenient.

FREESTANDING MODELS

Designed to stand alone as a kitchen feature, these appliances are not limited by the need to fit within standard cabinetry. Many models sit on wheels and can be easily moved for servicing or to a new location.