Monday, January 16, 2006

Q: what did the mayonnaise say to the refrigerator?

A: Close the door, I'm dressing!

I spent most of the afternoon yesterday cleaning out my fridge. High time too. I'm terrible when it comes to keeping my frige clean. I mean, everything is in little plastic containers, but there's not telling how long they've been in there. Did you know that mold comes in many fascinating textures and colour combinations?

Anyway, it wasn't that bad, but we've also been having a problem with this fridge - it's supposed to be self-defrosting, but the back wall keeps freezing up and after I got rid of any offending foodstuffs, it took me about an hour to hack off the iceberg that had formed back there. Definitely not a good thing. I have a feeling there's something wrong with the temperature sensor. I also have a feeling that this fridge is on its way to the great refrigerator graveyard in the sky some time very soon. It's at least 12 years old now, and is actually too small for us. German fridges do tend to be smaller and that's why people go shopping more often. But...they are making newer models now with much more space. The only problem is where to put one. Mr. M thinks we should get an American-style side-by-side ("Yeah!" says Boy12, "One with a TV and ice cubes!" and I said it was OK with me but that we'd have to build on an extra room just to accomodate it. We're looking into getting a new kitchen anyway, one of these years, so this may be my chance to finally get a decent area to cook in. Our present kitchen - well, the cabinets anyway - were already 7 years old when we ripped them out of our old apartment and stuck them in this house when we moved here in 1995 so you can imagine how attractive everything looks now. Bleh.

Our fridge looks something like this - fridge on the top and 4-drawer freezer down below.


Meh.

What we'd love to have is something like this with plenty of room.


Woohoo!

I know it's silly to get all fussed up over a fridge, but it's all I have, you know?

Here's my real fridge, and this is the 'after' picture.


Positively claustrophobic, huh?

Side-by-side, here we come!

40 Comments:

At January 16, 2006 1:36 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

OMG! I don't think that our fridge was ever so filled up like yours!

 
At January 16, 2006 2:41 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

Blimey - There are so many jars of things in the fridge. You could feed an army !

 
At January 16, 2006 3:44 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Ugh! Refrigerators. Can't live with them; can't live without them. I hate wasting food but it seems to always happen. Ugh, again. Congratulations if you ever figure out how to live with one!

 
At January 16, 2006 3:50 p.m., Anonymous J.Doe said...

When I arrived in the US I spent around 5 minutes just opening and closing the refrigerator and freezer admiring all the space.My parents probably thought I was crazy too.

 
At January 16, 2006 4:21 p.m., Blogger Schatzi said...

I hated my side by side..it really is alot smaller than it looks. I loved the cube maker though--and they only came if you had a side by side..They are now making a 1 door fridge with an icemaker..and a drawer on the bottom as the freezer section..

 
At January 16, 2006 4:32 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Elemm - I know, I can't find anything!

Leon's life - my husband is The Condiment King - we must have every sauce, spread, dip and jam known to man and he keeps buying more. I'm not actually sure if there's any real food in there - just stuff you put on other stuff! :-)

Ginnie - no matter how hard you try it is SO hard to keep track of everything and try to use it up in time, isn't it? Especially when you have "spontaneous shoppers" (not me!) in the house like I do.

J.Doe - yep, people think you're nuts when you tell them you just want to caress their fridge for a minute and play with the ice cube thingie. :-)

Schatz - Yeah, I know not all side-by-sides are that great. My mum has one and she curses it every day too. I don't know what we'll actually decide to get - we just need a bit more room and we do have a big chest freezer in the basement so we could do with a smaller one in the fridge.

 
At January 16, 2006 5:01 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Wow - You've got condiments. Do people come over asking to borrow condiments?
In all seriousness, that would drive me crazy. I'd tell my hubby to put them in a cupboard or they are gone. It must be hard when you guys actually buy something to eat! I feel for you though! I'm just happy we have a very empty fridge. And I plan on keeping it that way.

 
At January 16, 2006 6:34 p.m., Blogger melusina said...

It is always a lot of fun when you pull a baggie or a tupperware out from the back of the fridge and the contents are unidentifiable.

We do a pretty good job, even though our fridge is large by most standards. We order takeout WAY too much. But it is hard cooking for 2 - always eat too much, or have too many leftovers if I cook. And by the 3rd day you really don't want to eat the same thing AGAIN.

 
At January 16, 2006 6:57 p.m., Blogger Betty said...

I went to open my fridge to make sure that wasn't it in your picture. Nope. Mine has sodas and yogurt and a bag of Arby's Roast Beef sandwiches. Maybe I'll put a picture of it on my blog. I also have side-by-side and find it not as big as it should be.

 
At January 16, 2006 7:06 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Yeah to inside of the fridge photos! :)

 
At January 16, 2006 7:29 p.m., Blogger euro-trac said...

I'm a stripy toe sock person too! :-)
... and my fridge ices up when it's supposed to be a self defrosting type! Spooky!?

 
At January 16, 2006 7:56 p.m., Blogger Crystal said...

My fridge is always near empty, it just doesn't pay to buy food for two, it always spoils before we get around to using it. I mostly eat microwaveable meals and such.

 
At January 16, 2006 7:57 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I've been dreaming of a side-by-side. I get the overview (we're only two) and Orange gets to play with the ice making machine :)

 
At January 16, 2006 8:47 p.m., Anonymous stringbean said...

Oh man, we had such a nice side-by-side back in our house in Detroit. It even had an ice cube dispenser and an ice-cold water dispenser on the outside of it. I think I drank a lot more water then!

And to think, back then we even had an In-Sink-Erator, you know the thing where you can shove everything down your drain, flip the swich and it gets chewed up! Sigh... those were the days!

Our fridge here is like yours, only with three shelves, er, drawers in the freezer. And like yours, it's stuffed to the gills!

 
At January 16, 2006 9:24 p.m., Blogger Lisa said...

*owner of a fridge just like yours bites lip, then lusts over the huge American side-by-side fridge*

Them was the days. And I didn't even know it.

*sigh*

 
At January 16, 2006 10:41 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

I'm rather glad to have a standard German-style fridge. If mine were any bigger I'd have it filled up with all sorts of science experiments (read: mold filled plastic containers of God knows what). My fridge part is actually a bit too big for us but my freezer part is a bit too small. And while I've gotten used to living without an ice maker my family goes berserk about that when they come to visit. We're from Mississippi - ice is a guaranteed right to us just like air and freedom of speech.

I sympathize with your want of a new kitchen. We had a piece o' crap kitchen that I had remodeled last May (check my archives - has pictures!) but my joy was short lived since I had to move to a much smaller kitchen when we moved in November and my kitchen isn't quite as glorious as it was.

 
At January 16, 2006 11:19 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Expat - nope, they're too afraid to borrow any because they never know how long it's been in the fridge!:-)

melusina - cooking for two is really hard, I'm kind of glad I have four (well, 3 1/4 since our youngest eats next to nothing) to cook for.

betty - I have admired your pristine fridge. Can you send those roast beef sandwiches over right now, please?

Cathy - I can't believe I actually did it! Probably the first and last time. :-)

euro-trac - really spooky! :-) I have those socks in pink, red and white too.

Crystal - yeah, you really have to plan well for only too. I enjoy cooking most things from scratch so I'm sure glad they all have healthy appetites.

CanadianSwiss - I see them everywhere now but I just don't know how people fit them into their kitchens.

stringbean - my parents have one with ice cubes and cold water and when we're there the kids just stand it front of it all day they love it so much. And yes! An In-Sink-Erator! Those are great.Brings back childhood memories.

Lisa - Really. These are the things they forget to tell you when you move!

Dixie - oh sure, if I had a bigger fridge I'd still fill it up with science experiments, but they'd be BIG ones, and they'd have space between them! I don't think my husband had even come into contact with ice cubes until I moved over here, but since then he's been coveting a fridge ice maker.

And yes, piece o' crap is a *very* good way to describe my kitchen. (Runs off to check your archives)

 
At January 17, 2006 2:26 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I have long wanted one of those new giant side-by-sides, even though there is nothing wrong with our current fridge, and we don't buy enough food to keep it full anyway.

Must be a guy thing. I want something big and shiny with lots of extras.

Lucky, Mrs. Fabulous is the practical type.

 
At January 17, 2006 7:07 a.m., Blogger The SeaWitch said...

I had a Whirlpool fridge just like the one in your first pic and after I broke all 4 bottom drawers (by overstuffing them and having them welding to each other by frost) and made Chia pets out of the mouldy things growing on the back of the shelves in the top part of the fridge, I bought a side-by-side. Now, I have bigger Chia pets, a freezer which stores enough frozen vegetables to feed all of Tibet but it does make ice cubes and really, that's what it's all about when it comes to buying a fridge, isn't it?

If you buy a bigger fridge, your husband will only use it to store even more condiments. Your husband's addiction to them is scaring me. Isn't there a 12 step program he can take somewhere? LOL

 
At January 17, 2006 7:44 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Hey Mr. Fabulous! Thanks for stopping by. Yeah, those giant shiny stainless steel fridges are pretty tempting. Just like wide-screen TVs.

SeaWitch- Chia pets! LOL! I really do think my husband is only into a larger fridge for the ice cubes and the condiment-storing potential. :-)

 
At January 17, 2006 8:59 a.m., Blogger Haddock said...

There's no romm in there for beer!! - you definitely need a bigger fridge.
I just remembered I actually once had a fridge just purely for beer - (Wow that sounds terrible, but it long time ago!)

 
At January 17, 2006 9:15 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Haddock - (pssst! No worries - all the beer is in the tiny fridge down in the basement!)

 
At January 17, 2006 9:57 a.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Ahhh. Christina - I see you're very practical. We have a second fridge in the basement too for beer, wine, sodas and whatever else doesn't fit (and die!) in the kitchen fridge :)

 
At January 17, 2006 2:47 p.m., Blogger Léons Life said...

Christina - I have to say I am impressed. You blog about your fridge and have 23 comments.

Way to go girl...

 
At January 17, 2006 2:54 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Leon's life - You just never know what the general public will go for, do you? I may just blog about my laundry room tomorrow! :-)

 
At January 17, 2006 3:55 p.m., Anonymous mar said...

Your dream fridge is just like the one I am thinking of...but I lack space.I want instant ice-cubes, too!!!! I guess you need a full fridge with those growing boys at home. I thought of the following when I started reading your post, but it only works in German: was sagte die Milchtüte zum O-Saft im Kühlschrank? "Ich bin sauer..."

 
At January 17, 2006 6:27 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Christina - you might want to check Michael's site - he beat you to the laundry stories, but I'm sure you'll come up with some juicy details, too. Looking forward to it :-)

 
At January 17, 2006 8:01 p.m., Blogger christina said...

canadianswiss - I think I was just kidding about the laundry room - no one EVER gets to see that! :-)

 
At January 17, 2006 9:14 p.m., Blogger Calamity Tat said...

My fridge has a mirrored door, great when you want to eat wicked foods, just get a look at yourself in the wrong angle and that chocolate goes back!

 
At January 17, 2006 9:44 p.m., Anonymous Amy said...

Hi there! Ha! I loved seeing the picture of your fridge. Definitely something people can get excited about. A friend of mine told me she always likes to check out what's inside other people's fridges when she visits them. (I don't know how I feel about that...) She told me this as she was surveying the insides of my own fridge. I was glad I had cleaned it out earlier that day. I could barely take her chiding me for not having garlic anywhere in the house. I think I involuntarily screamed twice as I cleaned out my fridge that day.

 
At January 17, 2006 9:55 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Christina - Kidding?? Why??? :-D

 
At January 17, 2006 10:27 p.m., Anonymous rebecca said...

The man of the house would kill to be able to put a bigger fridge in. I fear the exponential growth of condiments and mold.

 
At January 18, 2006 1:49 a.m., Anonymous lillian said...

sigh .....our fridge looks the same..

 
At January 18, 2006 5:09 a.m., Blogger Andrea said...

It is amazing that you are able to cook anything, it must take your hours to find things!!
I am so bad at cleaning the fridge too. IT took me a week to find what was making it stink so bad. lol!
My dad had the same space problem. They went with the kitchen fridge being ONLY a fridge, then they got rid of the coffin like deepfreeze and bought a deep freeze that looks just like a fridge but it sits comfortably in the garage taking up less than half the space of the damn coffin.

 
At January 18, 2006 8:38 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Hey, nothing wrong with that fridge. Can I come over for a snack? Thanks for the welcome back...

 
At January 18, 2006 11:09 a.m., Blogger christina said...

canadianswiss - because I can't even get the door open right now! ;-)

rebecca - Dipping into my vast pool of experience I can tell you that men are all the same- they want either the enormous fridge, the huge TV or a little red sports car.

lillian - seems like the more kids you have the fuller it gets, huh?

andrea - I actually know where everything is, if you can believe it. It's my husband who has trouble finding stuff.

Hey Duncan! Sure, come on over but bring some real food with you. All we have is condiments and beer.

 
At January 18, 2006 7:31 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

"Ding" - Time for a new entry Christina. You're up to 37 comments!
...And I think condiments and beer are the right thigs to spice up most foods!

 
At January 18, 2006 8:18 p.m., Blogger Berlinbound said...

OMG - I thought my fridge was tiny!

 
At January 18, 2006 10:42 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Sorry, but I just want to say...38 comments?!

Man! I wish I went to the marketing school that you attended.

Sal

 
At January 18, 2006 11:13 p.m., Blogger The Big Finn said...

It's definitely time for a new fridge! We had an iceberg on half of the back wall of our 10 year old fridge this past summer. The repairman said that the freon was only circulating over part of the fridge wall, and that it was totally kaput. Save yourself the repairman bill - just go for the new fridge!

 

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