Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

More Than the Cool Factor

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

More Than the Cool Factor

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Vani Naidoo

Expected shelf life

Seafood 3days

Crustaceans and molluscs 2 days

Meat3-5 days

Minced meat and offal 2-3 days

Cured meat2-3 weeks

Poultry 3 days

Fruit juices 7-14 days

Milk 5-7 days

Cream 5 days

Cheese variable (1-3 months)

Soft cheeses (camembert, brie)2-3 weeks

Cottage, ricotta, cream cheeses 10 days

Eggs 3-6 weeks

Butter 8 weeks

Margarine variable (6 months)

Oil and fat variable (6 months)

NB: Many of these products are labelled with a a[approximately]use-by' date. This can be used as a guide to shelf life of the unopened product.

YOUR refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home so it is important to have one that works properly and suits your needs.

There are so many excellent options on the market today that it is likely you will find the perfect match for you.

Still, there are a number of factors to consider before you make a purchase.

Think about what size of fridge is best for your household before you hit the shops and ensure you measure the space available leaving an allowance of at least 80mm around the fridge for air circulation.

Pay attention too to whether there will be enough room for the door to open wide.

Experts say that the rule of thumb when it comes to fridge capacity is about 400 litres for a couple, at least 600 litres for a family of four and about 700 litres at the least for a family of five or more.

There are essentially three basic options when it comes to the style of fridge you can choose - a top mount with the freezer compartment at the top, a bottom mount with the freezer at the bottom and a side by side combination fridge and freezer.

They all come in a number of finishes like a standard white or stainless steel or even an integrated option which sees your new fridge hidden behind panels that match your kitchen cabinets. There are also a few retro options like the Smeg Retro Refrigerator ($3262) which are available in a variety of colours.

Fridges with freezers on top (Kelvinator 420 litres, $759) are probably the cheapest to buy and usually the most economical to run. There is a range of options to choose from, generous freezer space and don't take up too much room.

Shelves tend to be adjustable and are wide enough to hold large party platters if they need to.

But you have to bend often, especially when you are taking things out of the crisper, and items at the back of the fridge tend to get "lost" more often.

Fridges with the freezer compartment at the bottom (Westinghouse 430 litres Bottom Mount) are a popular option because of ease of use.

Chilled food, which you use the most, is at eye level and you save the back from constant bending. …

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