Refrigerators

The Storage Bag Trick for Organizing Your Fridge Better — Storage Smarts

I run a tight ship when it comes to my refrigerator. I can't stand a messy fridge, so I spend a lot of time trying to prevent that. I find myself frequently pulling leftovers that have gotten pushed to the back of the fridge to the front so they won't get forgotten about, and lining up various condiments. Beyond this, there is one tool I lean on daily to keep my fridge in the shape I like it: zip-top bags.

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I Bought a Tiny “Parisian” Fridge and I Totally Regret It — Small-Space Kitchens

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Everything is better in Paris. I know that. Attempting to make my American home my own version of a Parisian apartment was destined to be a disappointment. I live on the wrong continent with a different way of life. But I couldn't resist.

I should have resisted.

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How Long Will Raw Chicken Stay Good in the Fridge? — Tips from The Kitchn

It happens to us all: We hit the grocery store over the weekend with the best intentions to cook our way through the week, but the week gets the best of us. We're left with half-empty containers of milk and packages of raw chicken that we can't get to. Just how long do we have until they're spoiled? In terms of that raw chicken, here's how long you actually have.

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5 Steps to Pinpointing That Awful Smell in Your Fridge — Fridge Fix-Up

No matter how often you clean and organize your fridge, it's inevitable that things will smell funky in there from time to time. There's just always something that goes unnoticed or somehow gets wrapped up incorrectly. But what could it possibly be?

Follow this five-step plan and you'll pinpoint the offensive item (items?) in no time.

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Does Baking Soda Actually Help with Fridge Smells? — Fridge Fix-Up

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I've long heard that keeping baking soda in your fridge eliminates odors, and I've pretty much always had a box open in the fridge — not exactly switching it out every 30 days, like you're apparently supposed to, but just leaving it in there with the lid open.

And it's seemed to have worked: My fridge has never been particularly stinky. Recently, though, I tossed my old box of baking soda and didn't replace it. Things haven't been particularly stinky since then, either, so I started to wonder if the baking soda had been doing anything all along.

I took to the internet. The results are not just inconclusive, but surprisingly divisive! Some people absolutely swear by using baking soda to eliminate odors — anecdotes abound of people using baking soda to freshen up not just fridges and freezers, but diaper pails, garbage cans, litter boxes, and more. Others fervently call the idea of using baking soda to absorb odors a myth.

Which side is right?

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From Fridges to Ovens, How to Choose the Right Appliances for You — Side By Side: A Guide to Appliance Shopping

Are you thinking about renovating your kitchen? Do you have a refrigerator that's way (way) past its expiration date? If you're just starting your search for a new appliance (or appliances!), you'll quickly find that there are a lot more factors to consider than you may have anticipated.

Is a top freezer or a bottom freezer better for the way you store your stuff? Is a counter-depth or a built-in fridge worth the extra expense? Should you get a convection oven, or maybe you should go for that vintage range you've been eyeing for years? And what about a microwave oven? Do you need one (we say yes!), and should you go for a countertop version or a microwave drawer?

Here are your top-asked questions answered.

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