Sunday, January 9, 2011

The refrigerator - Lazy Cook's Best Friend

Wikipedia says:

A refrigerator (commonly called a "fridge") is a cooling apparatus. The common household appliance comprises a thermally insulated compartment and a heat pump—chemical or mechanical means—to transfer heat from it to the external environment (i.e., the room in which it is located), cooling the contents to a temperature below ambient. Cooling is a popular food storage technique in developed countries and works by decreasing the reproduction rate of bacteria. The device is thus used to reduce the rate of spoilage of foodstuffs.
A refrigerator maintains a temperature a few degrees above the freezing point of water. Optimum temperature range for perishable food storage is 3 to 5 °C (37 to 41 °F).[1] A similar device which maintains a temperature below the freezing point of water is called a "freezer".
The refrigerator is a relatively modern invention among kitchen appliances. It replaced the icebox, which had been a common household appliance for almost a century and a half prior. For this reason, a refrigerator is sometimes referred to as an "icebox".

Survival of a lazy cook is hugely reduced sans this important cooling apparatus. For a lazy cook like me I would cook in bulk and then store the food for days and weeks. Take for example Spaghetti and its sauce. I cook one pack of the pasta and then re-cook a ready made pasta sauce in a jar. Well I recook the sauce since I want it my style. For spag sauce it should be gracious amount of olive oil, mushroom and herbs, that way the jar of sauce become doubled. So I can have my pasta at least every other meals or every other day or spread over weeks.

So aside from stocking my own prepared food and dishes, it also contain other ready to eat food and left-over meals to make-over for another dish. So if you are a lazy cook and loves to eat, a ref is a must. Indeed, a ref is a lazy cook's best friend.

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