A cold room can extend the life of these six surprising items

Take a look in your fridge, and you will probably find the same things many other people do. There will be some milk, a carton of fruit juice, and possibly a bottle of Chablis chilling for that early evening aperitif. In the drawers, you will have your vegetables and a joint of meat for your Sunday roast. On the rest of the shelves there, will be a selection of jars containing useful ingredients like mustard, marmalade for your toast, and some pesto sauce, along with some convenience food like a pizza for a TV supper or a quiche.

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Keeping things cool

Refrigeration is the best way to keep our food and all sorts of other things fresh and increase their longevity. Restaurants and other businesses, like your butcher, will all have walk in cold rooms where food and meat are stored to keep them from going bad. There are, however, several other things that will benefit from a spell in the cold.

Surprises in the fridge

If you still use film for your camera, there is no better place for it to live than inside your refrigerator. Film likes the cold and will thank you for keeping it on ice. One thing to remember is to bring it back to room temperature before use to avoid condensation. Fresh flowers will also live longer in your fridge, and your florist will almost certainly have a walk in cold room to keep those blooms in top condition.

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You may find it hard to believe, but lipstick likes to be in the fridge, too. Avocado pears, once they are ripe and ready to eat, will last for several more days in the fridge. Meanwhile, cologne and eau de toilette will retain their scent for about two years longer than usual if kept cool; perfume, on the other hand, is best kept on your dressing room table.

If you need some help finding a good cold room, companies like https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/cold-rooms/integrated-cold-rooms will be able to advise you.

Whatever you start using your fridge for now, don’t forget good fridge management. The chilled food guide at https://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/media/document/chilled-food.pdf may be useful.

Now that you know how many items can benefit from cold storage, your fridge will be an Aladdin’s cave of surprises!