Fact: Most Americans only clean out their refrigerators once or twice a year!
Whirlpool Corporation has spent an inordinate amount of time inventing refrigerator shelves with microscopic etchings that will hold a can of spilled soda or milk! This ‘etching’ will contain the liquid spills so that they don’t spill over, dripping down to lower shelves. It is just one weapon to combat the stuff that lurks behind closed refrigerator doors.
Other appliance makers are following suit: Viking Range Corp, General Electric Co. and Sub-Zero Inc. are getting in the clean-up in the games, the American Refrigerator games There the sort of games that no one really likes to play (Isn’t that why they put a door on the refrigerator – so we could just close it?)
General Electric is even adding additional lighting sources so that you can see the mess. Those highly-lit refrigerators will be available later this year.
With all the additional lighting, microscopic etchings and spill-proof shelving – wouldn’t it be easier to just invent the self-cleaning refrigerator? I mean, we have self-cleaning ovens and I think someone should be able to come up with refrigerators that do the same!
Whirlpool’s 2005 survey of Americans found that “33% of all consumers do not clean out their refrigerators before they shop.” Therefore, they return home and just cram more food into unclean refrigerators. Yup, I am one of those 1/3 Americans who are guilty of that crime!
George Carlin once told a joke about opening the refrigerator door and asking his wife,
“What is this?” to which she replies, “What does it smell like?” and he answers, “I’m not sure,” then she says, “What does it look like?” and George admits, “Sort of like meat-cake.”
There is much meat cake in our refrigerator. The meat-cake ends up getting pushed to the back of the refrigerator until it looks and smells like a science project!
Whirlpool is also increasing storage space (I guess so we will have more room to make a mess behind closed doors!)
I think the most interesting study involved Sub Zero’s quest to uncover just how people put their groceries away. The sought 12 average consumers, took them shopping and followed them home to watch how they refrigerated their goods. What they uncovered was that folks just don’t know how to properly store the foods in the refrigerators. The folks started shoving groceries in the crisper drawers (meat and soda cans together – I do that!) Of course, the temperature and humidity required for the vegetable in the crisper drawer is not appropriate for meat! The folks at Sub Zero also stated, “Most consumers store their milk in the door shelves. This is not only the worst place to story dairy, it is also the warmest part of the refrigerator.” Who knew that only condiments should be stored on the door part?
So, can a dirty refrigerator make you sick? Yes, says the scientists at Penn State. “Consumers have to be especially careful with leaks from raw meats which carry E coli bacteria.”
What’s a person to do? Clean out the refrigerator before you head to the grocery store to buy more – and get rid of the meat-cake!