This week has been a pleasure on the kitchen gadget front for me since we acquired a brand new Fridge Freezer and I’m thrilled to say that the new one has been a breeze to use. No more switching between regular and super freeze for us as we tried in vain to keep the freezer alive and our ice cream cones in an edible condition.
Zanussi – Our New Addition
We took delivery of the Zanussi ZRB24100WA Freestanding Fridge Freezer, and the first thing we noted was just how light it was to move. Removing the previous freezer took Andy and our neighbour ten mins even without the ice which was holding in the drawers. I could move the Zanussi Fridge Freezer about with my mobility problems, as I could push it into place with my foot and the top of my head even while sitting in my wheelchair. Not that the delivery men expected me to do it, that was just an experiment.
We plugged it in and had to check that it was on as it was so quiet we couldn’t hear it working. Within a couple of hours, it was cold enough to put products in it. But, we left the food in a spare one that we were borrowing from a friend for 24 hours since we wanted to make sure it was at its optimum temperature first.
It is twice the size of the first fridge that we had and that we would probably have to buy a lot more shopping to fit in it. We have 176 litres of storage space compared to 110 litres of a standard fridge so need to get a big shop done. The bottom door tray has room for two bottles of wine, a couple of bottles of soft drink and our soya milk. The others have loads of room to store the condiments and sauces so everything accessible for me.
When you’re disabled, having an under counter fridge/freezer is a nightmare if you want to use a wheelchair unless you get your kitchen modified but since there’s two of us and my partner is non-disabled it defeats the object. I can’t reach the very top shelf when I’m seated, but I can grasp what I need with this Zanussi Model. Plus the handles are quite thick and have a lovely grip on them too, so my hands don’t slip about when I open the doors. Hooray!
The salad crisper is full width so you can pile all your lettuce, tomatoes, scallions and chives in it as well as a few packets of fruit and you’re good to go. After a few days, the salad was still in tip-top condition too. We’d typically put the mixture in the tray, look a few days later to find a lettuce that needed the last rites.
The Clever Crevice
Situated right at the back, inside the fridge at the end of where the shelf slides in is a crevice. This crevice keeps the shelf secure, so it doesn’t get fall out by accident. You have to grip the tray and lift it up and slightly away to remove it for cleaning so there’s no way you can accidentally catch it. An ingenious idea.
The freezer holds 61 litres and has enough room for the monthly shopping. The bottom will take the height of four cold dessert tubs so probably enough room for 24 of them. Each of the other trays is enough for four large bags of vegetables. You’d probably struggle if you were a large family, so the model is much more suited to a couples shopping.