Don’t get me wrong. I love my full-size, bottom-freezer refrigerator. But occasionally, my freezer runs out of space while my fresh food compartment maintains plenty and my eyes wander to the grass on the other side…
Recently I’ve been thinking, why can’t my fridge be more adaptable?
I had a very educational conversation with the produce manager of a local grocery last weekend about fresh basil preservation. I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to refrigerate it! (Also, those of us in cold temperatures should take special care when transporting fresh basil home, as our subzero air can turn the delicious leaves black.) It should be kept in a cool (50-some degrees) spot.
That’s why I love these multitemperature refrigerated drawers.
The Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawer (RB36S25MKIW1) lets you choose freezer, chill, fridge, pantry or wine at the touch of a button so that everything from fresh food to frozen meat to fine wine can be stored at the correct temperature.
So, if you buy a lot of produce one week you have extra fridge space.
Or if a family member comes home with a record catch of fish and the freezer’s full, voila.
If you want to keep it a little colder than the stuff you keep in your fridge, you can do that too.
And if you plunk down more than you’d like for fresh basil and don’t want to see any of it go to waste (or pesto), you’ll love the pantry function.
Having a party? Store your wine and then chill it to precise serving temperature.
And at 36″ wide, the Fisher & Paykel CoolDrawers keep everything in easy, ergonomic reach while being deep enough to fit wine bottles and 2-liter bottles, as shown above.
The spill-proof storage bins can come out or be moved around to do just about anything you need it to.
We Minnesotans get so excited when we get to spend time outside that doesn’t involve snow shoveling, it’s hard not to want it all when designing our three-months-out-of-the-year haven.
Be smart and think about your own entertaining and lifestyle needs when considering all the options in outdoor kitchen appliances.
The workhorse of an outdoor kitchen, gas grills’ speed and convenience work best for weeknight dinners and impromptu get-togethers. If you’re looking to do more, some brands offer innovative features such as:
Searing zone to reach high temperatures (700 degrees!) quickly to give your meat a steakhouse-quality exterior
Rear infrared burner to deliver consistent, evenly distributed heat for rotisserie cooking
Smoker boxes to fill prepackaged hickory or mesquite chips, which give foods a distinctive, smoky flavor
Side burners to prepare sauces and sides like beans or vegetables or to keep food warm until it is ready to be served
Lighting to illuminate the cooking surface for late-night grilling
As our own grilling guru Stu Glock (also our rep for Holland Grill and the Big Green Egg) says, “You have two cars. Why not two grills?”
Charcoal grills, smokers and/or cookers deliver flavor you can’t get in a gas grill — if you have hours to get it. Owners of the Big Green Egg rave about the unique flavor of their ribs, brisket and roasts they get in this ceramic cooker. Viking also makes a ceramic cooker, but with a stainless steel finish.
If you have the time to kick back and just grill, the extra time is definitely worth the flavor.
Cut down on the running back back and forth from your main kitchen. Warming drawers keep grilled food warm (and sanitary) once prepared and work great for make-ahead dishes from your main oven.
I’d probably end up throwing some towels in mine to keep them cozy after a late-night swim. Now if I only had a pool..
Arguably as important as the grill itself is beer on-demand. Aside from the convenience, an outdoor keg fridge makes an unbeatable conversation (and party) starter. DCS, Viking and Marvel make draft beer dispensers specifically for the outdoors.
Wine chiller/beverage center
If you’re more of a wine-o than a beer gal like me, you might consider storing your bottles outside, in the proper wine chiller, of course. Look for models with precise temperature controls, racks to accommodate various bottle sizes and minimum vibration.
Beverage centers, though less precise in temperature control, make a viable option for combination beer/wine/soda, etc. storage.
“But I already have a wine fridge!”
But your wine fridge is 55 degrees, remember? Even your beverage center isn’t designed to refrigerate food and condiments. Please don’t keep your barbecue meats in a beverage fridge!
If mixed drinks and soda are more your thing, maybe you’d like an ice maker. Marvel‘s and U-line‘s have UL Listed suitable for outdoor use clear ice makers that store 25-30 pounds of ice.
I might not have a pool, but living in Minnesota, you better believe I have a patio heater. Fueled by a the same kind gas tank you use for your grill, these easily extend construction season into early winter (or “fall”).
Plus, inasmuch as I love craft beer, I can understand the desire to collect and mature fine wine. You know, the really good stuff.
And if you’ve got it, why wouldn’t you flaunt it? Don’t banish it to the basement or under your counter — display it at eye level!
The fully integrated design allows this stainless steel unit to sit flush with cabinets. And the recessed “pocket” handle and lack of exterior branding won’t interrupt the look of your existing kitchen.
Now, it’s just a little guy, measuring 18-by-24 inches, which is the same exact dimensions as a built-in coffee system or steam oven.
But that compact footprint wants for nothing.
Wine flavor is like the Princess and the Pea; it’s affected by the tiniest environmental factors. Light, temperature, humidity, vibration, position and air quality all stand to compromise the flavor of maturing wine. But Liebherr counters each threat with strategic technology and design:
Tinted glazed doors block UV rays.
Precise controls keep temperature where you set it (generally 55 degrees), even if that means heating the cabinet
Fifty percent to 80 percent relative humidity prevents cork shrinkage.
Untreated wood shelving emits no odor.
LED lighting creates no heat (plus it’s energy-efficient and long-lasting).
A charcoal filter perfects air quality by eliminating dust, dirt and odors.
Compressor design minimizes vibration, which can stir up fine sediment, and noise
I don’t think they’re missing anything, are they?
p.s. Liebherr is pretty much the greenest refrigeration, not only in its products but its manufacturing process as well.