Refrigerators usually include a freezer component. A freezer stores foods at freezing temperatures (32 degrees F), preserving food from spoilage. This enables homeowners to store food for weeks or months.
The cool temperatures of refrigerators allow homeowners to store food for a few days until consumption. Fresh meats, poultry, eggs, dairy products and vegetables can be stored without spoilage.
Before refrigerators, food storage methods included using ice and cold streams. These methods were unreliable and led to food spoilage and disease from bacteria growth.
Various refrigerator compartments make it convenient for homeowners to store food in an organized fashion. The door of the refrigerator holds condiments. Drawers store fruits and vegetables. The shelves are used for frequently accessed food and drinks such as snacks and soda and juices.
Settings and Configuration
Refrigerator settings need to be set to a temperature between 35 and 40 degrees F. This temperature limits bacteria growth, preserving food from spoilage and protecting against food poisoning.