IN this digital age, when technology keeps getting better as it constantly seeks ways to make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone, household appliances like refrigerators are no longer created equal. Some possess more advanced capabilities, and one of them happens to be the Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator.
Designed to serve as the family’s partner in the journey to living fresh, the Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator enables the busy homemaker to provide better-tasting food through innovative features such as the Twin Cooling System, Smart Conversion and Digital Inverter technology.
Committed to encourage healthy eating in Filipino families, Samsung equipped its Twin Cooling Refrigerator to lessen food waste and keep food fresh longer, therefore requiring fewer trips to the market and grocery and assuring more quality time with the family.
Aside from the high-tech solutions that the Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator offers, the “freshness experts” behind Samsung’s #LiveFresh campaign also shares a number of practical tips on how to keep food fresh longer in the refrigerator and freezer.
MILK, CHEESE AND OTHER DAIRY ITEMS
When it comes to storage, what you need to bear in mind is that different food items need to be kept at different specific temperatures to stay fresh. Milk, cheese and other dairy products, for instance, need to be stored in the coolest parts of the refrigerator because they spoil easily. While the Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator is able to ensure farm-to-table freshness of dairy products by retaining 70% humidity level in the refrigerator and thus providing sufficient cool air to keep them fresh longer, it pays to observe tried-and-tested ways to prolong the shelf lives of dairy products even more.
• Store newly-bought or resealed milk for a week after opening the carton or bottle. Make sure that each time you help yourself to a glass of milk, you put back the lid tightly.
• As long as you don’t open them, hard cheeses (like Parmesan cheese) can be kept in the refrigerator for two to four months and soft cheeses (such as mozzarella cheese) can be stored for one to two weeks.
• Unopened plain yogurt stays fresh for up to two weeks, while yogurt flavored with fruits have to be consumed within 10 days. Once opened, the shelf life shortens to about a week in the refrigerator.
MEAT, SEAFOOD AND SOY PRODUCTS
Whether raw or cooked, meat, chicken, fish, seafood and soy products give off certain distinct aromas, so they need to be stored in their proper places in the ref. The problem with traditional refrigerators, though, is that even if you store fish in the freezer and tofu in the vegetable compartment, the distinct odors of these food items will still somehow mix and take on the smell (and taste!) of the other food items it interacts with. This is because the ref only has a single evaporator working for both the ref and the freezer. The Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator boasts of two separate evaporators for the ref and the freezer, so smells do not mix and spoil each other.
Still, there are practical ways by which you can stretch the shelf life of meat, seafood and soy products even longer.
• Store uncooked red meat (beef and pork) in the freezer no longer than eight months.
• Raw chicken can be stocked in the freezer for a year.
• Cooked meat dishes, when stored in airtight containers, can keep for a week.
• Raw fish stays fresh in the freezer for six to nine months. Cooked fish, however, should be kept for only six days.
• Once you refrigerate eggs, let them stay refrigerated until ready to use. They will remain fresh for three weeks. Hard-boiled eggs, meanwhile, can be chilled in the ref for a week, but once peeled, keep them in the ref for no more than five days.
• Tofu, when frozen, can last for up to five months. When refrigerated, it has to be consumed in five days’ time. Once opened, tofu should stay fresh for a maximum of five days only.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and other minerals and nutrients especially when they are fresh. So proper care should be observed when storing them in the ref. The crisper is the right storage area for them, but pay attention to the humidity inside the crisper because it affects the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
• Whole fruits need to be kept in low humidity, and stock them up nicely in the crisper. Keep them free from bruises. Different fruits, however, have different shelf lives in the refrigerator—five days for a whole pineapple, seven days for fresh strawberries, nine days for bananas, two weeks for tomatoes, and three months for apples and oranges.
• Sliced fruits should be placed inside airtight containers before being kept in the ref, and consume them in four days’ time.
• Vegetables, particularly green leafy ones, prefer to be stored in high humidity. Just slip them inside plastic bags, tie the bags loosely, and slide them inside the refrigerator.
• Different vegetables have different shelf lives—one week for cucumber and whole garlic; 10 days for lettuce; two weeks for broccoli, cauliflower and whole onions; five weeks for carrots.
• Once peeled or sliced, vegetables should be stored in airtight containers and used within five days.
As a leader in technology and innovation, Samsung aims to constantly come up with smart appliances that help people lead a healthy lifestyle. The Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator, for one, enables people to enjoy farm-to-table goodness with food kept fresh longer. It created the #LiveFresh campaign to urge everyone to turn to healthy living and maintain that.
For more information on the Samsung Twin Cooling Refrigerator and other smart appliances, log on to Samsung.com/ph or visit the Samsung Facebook page.