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Waste not, want not - The latest fridge freezer technology keeps food fresh for longer
Posted by Hayley Gilbert Monday, 12th May 2014
As I’ve got older (and hopefully wiser), I’ve become more aware of food waste and making sure I use everything before its ‘best before’ date. Now I’ve had children it’s even more important to teach them that throwing away food is easily avoidable if you plan ahead and are creative with your cooking.
According to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, almost 50% of the total amount of food thrown away in the UK comes from our homes. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink every year and more than half of this could have been consumed. It also states that wasting this food costs the average household £470 a year, rising to £700 for a family with children. That’s the equivalent of around £60 a month and I for one can think of far better things to spend that money on!
The most wasted foods are fresh vegetables and salad, drink, fresh fruit, bread and cakes. So what can we do? Well one solution is to buy less and prepare smaller meals but what makes it even easier is investing in a fridge freezer that helps keep your fresh food fresh for longer.
Refrigeration technology has advanced so much in recent years. What used to be a humble white box in the corner of your kitchen is now a statement appliance packed with features and functions to prolong the life of fish, dairy, meat and vegetables.
Take the Rangemaster DxD for instance. This four-door fridge freezer, which comes in stainless steel, gloss black or cream, has humidity controlled crisper drawers that extend the shelf life of fresh fruit and vegetables. This will not only reduce food waste but will mean fewer trips to the supermarket too, which is always a good thing in my book. With a huge 510-litre capacity, this mammoth of an appliance is totally frost-free throughout, comes with internal digital temperature controls, an electronic ‘door open’ alarm and an A+ energy rating, so running costs will also be low.
For those who prefer the American-style side-by-side look, the Rangemaster SxS is available in the same colours as the DxD but boasts everything from Superfreeze to preserve the nutritional value of food by freezing it in the shortest time possible, to zoned cooling for optimum freshness. Add to this a filtered ice and water dispenser and digital temperature control and you’ve got the ultimate cooling kit.
Some kitchens are crying out for integrated refrigeration, where a tall larder fridge, freezer or combination fridge freezer is hidden behind cabinetry doors. These discreet appliances also feature humidity controlled drawers, Supercool and Superfreeze functions and Rangemaster has a range of appliances to fit the bill.
It does appear that things are changing here in the UK, as avoidable food waste has reduced by 21% between 2007 and 2012 – better for the pocket, better for the environment and far better for that bulging wheelie bin!Share