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Staying Cool with Fridge Thermometers

When it comes to fresh food, health and hygiene are extremely important. Most food contains harmful bacteria which can only be killed off or kept at a stable state by keeping the food chilled. When exposed to warm temperatures bacteria multiply at alarming rates and this can increase the risk of contracting food poisoning and serious illnesses. But simply keeping food in a fridge is not enough the fridge has to be at the correct temperature.

How cold should my fridge be?

The Food Standards Agency recommends that you keep your refrigerator at or below 5C (41F) in order to prevent the bad bacteria growth on fresh foods that can cause serious health issues. However, different foods react differently to warm and cold temperatures. You should always check the packaging for specific information, but this guide should be helpful:

Fruit and vegetables: Keeping fruit and veg in a fridge can extend its life and can also retain its quality. Fruit and veg should be kept in the bottom section of the fridge in a drawer, if available, or just above the raw products. Keeping them at slightly warmer temperatures (about 4-5C) will avoid freezing which can affect the taste.

Meat, Fish and poultry: Meat and fish should be kept below other ready to eat products to prevent the transfer of bacteria from raw food to ready to eat items. As the raw food is going to be cooked, the bacteria will be mostly killed off (chilling just keeps the bacteria at a safe level and prevents it from multiplying), but this is not the case with ready to eat products. 1-4C is the optimum temperature.

Other fresh food: Other fresh food such as milk, yoghurts and cooked meats can be kept on the top shelves of the fridge at temperatures just above freezing to maintain their flavor and quality. These foods will not always need to be cooked before eating, so it is even more important they are kept at safe temperatures.

Nowadays most fridges come with internal temperature controls to ensure that the temperature of your fridge remains constantly cold enough for the volume of food within. However, as with all kitchen appliances, fridges can occasionally becoming defective or faulty, especially if they are overcrowded with food. If you suspect this is the case it is handy to have a fridge thermometer on standby. Similarly, if you are unable to change an old or unreliable fridge (for example where the fridge is part of the inventory on a leased property) a fridge thermometer can monitor whether or not the fridge is working correctly.

Manual Bulb Thermometer for Fridges

Traditional, manual fridge thermometers work by putting small amounts of mercury or alcohol into a glass tube. The liquid expands when it is warm and shrinks when it gets colder. This means the liquid is pushed up or falls down the tube depending on the temperature. There is a scale on the tube, and you to read the temperature based on the height the liquid is at. Although pretty accurate, these thermometers are open to being misread, as you need to be at a height parallel with the thermometer and must round the number up or down depending on the scale.

Manual Spring Loaded Thermometer for Fridges

Spring loaded thermometers work similarly to bulb thermometers, except that it is a metal spring which expands or contracts with varying temperatures. The spring pushes a pointer left or right on a gauge. The scale on the gauge is often larger and easier to read than on a bulb thermometer but still leaves room for human error and requires you to be on the same level as the thermometer to ensure a more accurate reading. Spring thermometers also tend to be less accurate than bulb or digital thermometers.

Digital Thermometers for Fridges

Digital thermometers usually use mechanical devices called thermistors to calculate temperature and are much more accurate than manual, particularly spring loaded, thermometers leaving less room for human error as the numbers are presented in a clear and easy to read format and present a more exact temperature (usually to two decimal places). In order to avoid the thermometer being exposed to colder temperatures, digital thermometers usually sit outside the fridge and have a probe attached which can be placed within the fridge. This makes it easy to move if you think a particular shelf is much colder or warmer, if you need to reposition the contents of the fridge or just to lift the thermometer to eye height to read. The best digital thermometers include alarm systems which can warn you about large rises and falls in temperature that may cause damage to your food.

Fridge Thermometers for Businesses

If you run a business it is even more important that you regularly check the temperature of your fridges and cold areas. This should be done manually and in addition to any automatic chiller alarm systems already in place. Use a digital thermometer for accuracy and check the temperatures several times a day. Always ensure you are complying to company and industry policy regarding temperature checking and are observing regulations regarding other aspects of the cold chain (e.g. ensuring food is not kept out of cold-stores for more than an hour).

When you next buy a new domestic fridge, opt for one with an integrated fridge thermometer and invest in a good quality digital thermometer preferably with an alarm. This will ensure your food lasts as long as possible without causing possible health risks to yourself or your family. To view a range of fridge thermometers and other kitchen accessories available to buy online, please visit Barnitts Home and Garden at www.barnitts.co.uk.

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GE Monogram Refrigerators

GE Monogram refrigerators come in three distinctive designs: professional, integrated, and custom. Each of these designs provides a different look to choose from for your home or restaurant kitchen. There are side-by-side models of GE Monogram refrigerators, as well as bottom-freezer refrigerators and all-refrigerators.
The Three Styles of GE Monogram Refrigerators
The professional Monogram appliance line offers refrigerators that are made from premium stainless steel. These refrigerators have hand-finished, chamfered edges that give them a bold and distinctive look. The exteriors are made from 304-grade stainless steel, and the corners are perfectly polished and smoothed rather than being cut.
GE Monogram RefrigeratorsThe integrated line is all about simplicity. A General Electric Monogram refrigerator from the integrated line is designed to be understated yet sophisticated. Like the professional model appliances, the integrated refrigerators are perfectly polished and shaped. These refrigerators have thin, tubular handles that are smooth and comfortable to use.
For a kitchen design that is uniquely yours, choose custom GE Monogram appliances. You can purchase a custom GE Monogram refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher with solid-color panels, or you can choose custom panels with matching decorative handles. Custom GE Monogram appliances give your kitchen an elegant, streamlined look.
GE Monogram Refrigerator Models
You can buy built-in side-by-side Monogram refrigerators in any of the three styles described above. The built-in models range from 21.0 cu. ft. to 30.1 cu. ft. Free-standing side-by-side models are available only in the integrated design, in a 23.2 or 24.6 cu. ft. model. The built-in side-by-side refrigerators are all 84″ tall, and the free-standing models are 72″ tall.
If you prefer a built-in Monogram refrigerator with a bottom freezer, you can choose from two professional models, two integrated models, and four custom models. The professional and integrated models are all 20.6 cu. ft. with dimensions of 84″ high by 36″ wide by 23 7/8″ deep. Each design can be purchased with a door that hinges on the left or on the right. The custom models range from 14.09 to 20.6 cu. ft. There are also two free-standing GE Monogram refrigerators with bottom freezers. Both are in the professional line, with French doors and two freezer drawers. They are 69 5/8″ high by 35 3/4″ wide by 31″ deep and have a capacity of 20.6 cu. ft.
For those who prefer their refrigerator and freezer to be separate, there are six built-in all-refrigerator models to choose from. Each design is available with a door that hinges either on the left or on the right. The freezerless refrigerator models are 84″ tall by 36″ wide by 26 3/4″ deep.
GE Monogram Undercounter Refrigerators
GE Monogram undercounter refrigerators are smaller refrigerators that serve specialized purposes. The wine reserves, beverage centers, and bar refrigerators are all designed to hold drinks. There is also a fresh food refrigerator, a double-drawer undercounter refrigerator, and an indoor/outdoor refrigerator.
GE Monogram Refrigerator Prices
G.E. Monogram refrigerators range in price from around $1800 for the least expensive undercounter model to around $6,000 for the most expensive model. GE Monogram prices may vary depending on which dealer you purchase your refrigerator from.
GE Monogram Refrigerator Tips
I spoke to the good people at Aggressive Appliances (a reputable appliance dealer located in Central Florida) who were kind enough to give me the benefits of their expertise on this particular refrigeration line. I have included their thoughts on these products below:

  • Why should consumers consider the purchase of a GE Monogram Refrigerator?

GE Monogram refrigerators are among the best values in the premium refrigerator category. They are a perfect match to Monogram’s great cooking products as well.

  • Which Models of GE Monogram Refrigerators do you think are the best?

The entire line of built-in refrigerators have proven very functional and reliable. The new fully integrated line adds features and looks great with custom wood panels. One style or size is not necessarily better than another, each customer needs to select the refrigerator that best suits their needs and the available space.

  • What are the best features of GE Monogram products?

GE’s dual refrigeration system means the refrigerator and freezer air never mix. That extends the life of your produce and eliminates the possibility of smells being transferred from one side of the unit to the other. The Climate-control drawer allows a zone that can be set at a different temperature for fast chilling and thawing or precise storage for citrus, produce and meat.

  • Why choose GE Monogram over other fridge freezer brands?

The broad selection of models means you can find what you want and GE’s national repair network means you can expect many years of great service.

  • Do you recommend any accessories or additional features?

Our exploration of General Electric Appliances reveal that Monogram refrigerator reviews state the appliances are generally complete and have only a few available accessories. You can get a Sabbath mode kit and a few installation accessories.

  • What colors and styles are available?

Monogram refrigerators and freezers are available in stainless steel or come ready for your custom wood panels. The stainless steel models can be ordered to match the Monogram Pro-Style appliances or the European Series of appliances. There are 36″ wide freestanding models in both side by side and French door styles. The built-in models are available as all-refrigerator/all- freezer models, side by side or bottom freezer styles in sizes from 30″ wide to 48″ wide.

  • Are GE Monogram refrigerators difficult to maintain?

Changing the ice and water filter and occasionally vacuuming the coils are all you need to do to maintain a Monogram refrigerator.

  • Is there anything you’d like to add?

Aggressive Appliances carries GE Monogram appliances and dozens of other premium and traditional brands. We are Central Florida’s biggest independent appliance dealer and the only local dealer with our own service and installation teams. With seven live demo kitchens, only Aggressive Appliances can actually show you how the appliances work. Check us out at www.aggressiveappliances.com.