The Prettiest Fridge Freezer In the World

Remember Fridge Freezer Fantasies? Well I am here to tell you my darlings, that despite failure in the Russell Brand falling in love with me stakes, some fantasies do come true. Hell yeah, I am a women in possession of a new fridge: namely a Hotpoint, plain as you can get, reach to the ceiling affair I am somewhat besotted by... I know, it's not normal to be besotted by a refrigerator but when you have been loving a Ford Fiesta for so long and a big ol' white Monster truck comes along, one cannot help but get a little giddy.

My main criteria, when seeking this new fridge was height.  I have a diddy cream and red gingham kitchen and though I have long entertained fantasies of an American style double-fronted fridge, there isn't, quite frankly, a hope in hell - so tall it had to be, and white. I'm all done with the stainless steel craze: my Mum always warned me that when I got to forty my whole being would crave light and she  was right: my lovely new white fridge  has brightened up my little mole-hole of a kitchen no end!

After height and colour came energy efficiency. For reasons too long to explain this house has always had an electricity meter and in its wake I have become an energy demon. My last fridge was a noisy, grumbling affair, forever throwing tantrums of the forgetting to tell me that I had left the door ever so slightly open and sending itself into energy overdrive instead:  while this one bleeps frantically should I dither too long in front of its duel lit lovely shelves while trying to choose between brie and cheddar, so there is no chance of me wandering off to answer the phone and leaving it open: no chance at all - even someone as deaf as me can hear a high-pitched bleep...

So yep it's lovely. And white and tall. And better than all of that it is utterly plain: a blank canvas for all manner of puttery loveliness so now strikes me as the perfect time to re-visit my tips for creating the most lovely fridge in the world...

Drumroll please my Darlings?

* Start by taking everything in the fridge out and put it on the counter. Throw out anything past its sell by date or more than a month old (including mustards, marmalades etc...) * Wipe down the insides of the fridge with a mix of vinegar and tea-tree oil. * Measure the bases of your salad drawers and using a pair of pinking shears, cut out flowery/spotty oilcloth liners, so you can clean the base of your drawers quickly and easily, and they will always look pretty... * Choose a tiny, pretty little dish, fill it with baking powder and put it at the back of your fridge to absorb bad smells. * Choose a scrumptious tray (I'm saving a gorgeous vintage glass one with a lace insert), or depending on the size of your fridge, a couple of trays and use it in the fridge to easily pull jam, marmalades, chutneys and other condiments, in and out... * Transfer blocks of butter on to butter dishes. (pretty, not remotely precious pressed glass for me!). * Pour cordials into glass bottles, display eggs (if you prefer to keep them in the fridge), grapes, strawberries and tomatoes etc in bowls, and put cheeses and cold meat etc into their own lidded clear containers: all the better to check stocks of... * Remove as much store-bought packaging as possible: choose waxed paper over clingfilm wherever possible and tie up with kitchen string. * Store broccoli in a wide glass filled with water, like a pretty green bouquet as it will last longer this way. Store carrots standing up in a similar glass. * Store like with like according to food safety rules. * Remove all fish and meat from store wrappings, wipe and wrap in greaseproof paper and store in zip lock bags or sealed containers. * Choose a container or tin you adore, fill it with chocolately treats and hide it at the back, for cold comfort... * Add a glass bowl for your cosmetics. * Then pop the odd crocheted doillie atop a jar or two, pop a single flower bud in a tiny jam jar, and close the door... * Glue magnets onto the back of vintage paste brooches and use to hold your "HouseKeepers Creed" in place... * Then get thee to a food emporium and buy a few extra special treats in pretty packaging: divine fresh coffee in brown paper bags, olives, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, retro style tinned fish, or tiny little petit fours...

Then cook something delicious for dinner, go to bed, and sneak downstairs in the middle of the night to eat the leftovers straight out of the fridge, Nigella Lawson style...

Happy New Fridge Day Pumpkins.x

 

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