November 15th is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, a day to tackle the dreaded but necessary task of purging and sanitizing your biggest kitchen appliance. Most of us are easily sidetracked by the stresses of everyday life and it often results in “refrigerator negligence.” It’s tempting to push all of our old food and leftovers further and further toward the back of our shelves. After all, what we don’t know can’t hurt us, right? If only it were that simple. Today is the day to seek out all your spoiled snacks and toss them in the trash. You’ll be surpised what you might find — moldy mayonaise, fuzzy falafel, and suspicious saurkraut. As you’re working through your mess just remember the old addage, “When in doubt, throw it out!” Once you’ve pared down your edilbles, wipe down your trusty refrigerator. Make her look and feel good as new and maybe she’ll even talk to her upstairs neighbor about letting up on that freezer burn.
Chris and I have the refrigerator from Hell. It’s one of several appliances that are original to our twenty year old home. One of the shelves on the door is continually coming undone, causing bottles to take off rolling across our kitchen floor. It’s currently being held on with a giant piece of duct tape which gives me an urge to name our dated appliance “FrankenFridge”. And, to top it all off, it’s the tiniest refrigerator I’ve ever seen, apart form those you’d find in a dorm room. Every time I clean it out I tell myself that that will be the last time — that I’ll suck it up and drop the dollars needed to replace our refrigerator with a new stainless steel work of art. Unfortuantelly, when we do replace it we won’t be able to get anything much larger due to the layout of our kitchen cabinets — unless we decide to do a remodel at some point which seems a little too overwhelming for me. Also, once again due to the layout of our kitchen, our choices are limited because we can only acommodate a counter-depth unit, a characteristic that also makes a refrigerator more expensive. At least I’ve learned a few things I’ll need to keep in mind if I ever design my dream house.