I’ve been thinking about how I can make reviews of a kitchen gadgets and the like a bit more interesting and fun, because actually, they can be quite useful. Also, I needed a new fridge. Okay mainly, I needed a new fridge. I’m going to base the main content of this post then on the assumption that you are nosy. If I had a chance to look in your fridge, I totally would, so I’m guessing you might want to have a look inside mine. I did think about tidying everything up inside it before I wrote this, but then what’s the point in that? No-one wants to nose into a fridge that’s been re-organised; people want to see your dirty laundry, or your slovenly storage systems. So here we go. This is the Samsung Food Showcase fridge, an absolute beast of a thing which I managed to get into the kitchen (well, two men managed to get into the kitchen) after chopping half the kitchen work surface off and moving the dishwasher. So, here we go…froooom the top.
1. The pickle shelf. Everyone has one of these, right? I appreciate that pickles don’t really need to be kept in the fridge but despite knowing that I do it anyway. I’m particularly smug about my pickle shelf right now as everything on it is home made. From left to right: pickled corn with scotch bonnets, pickled chillies, pickled beetroot with hibiscus, pickled carrots. A good sized top shelf which can accommodate 8 x 1 litre Kilner jars no problem.
2. Bottle rack. Nothing in this at the moment except for a packet of yufka, although there’s a casual bottle of Krug on the next shelf down.
3. The 2nd shelf is filled with labneh balls preserved in oil (I like it on my toast in the morning and no, I don’t always make my own), Philly (a desperation purchase, my preferred garlic cheese is Rondelle) and er, more pickles. There’s a mixed pickle, some capers which are lovely as they have the stalks and leaves still attached, a pot of Branston, some piccalilli….yes I have a problem. The Krug is resting on a slab of Mangalitza pig and its fat. What? One never knows when a situation may call for smoked lard. This shelf is the only annoying thing about the fridge: it sort of retracts back, which would be handy if you need to store something tall but it doesn’t sit properly when extended.
4. The third shelf has mostly become dedication to the storage of various pork products in cling film. There’s more Mangalitza fat. There’s bacon. There’s some random sausage I got from a Romanian deli in Hendon. Some er, pickles at the back, there.
5. Vegetable drawers, which are really spacious, and contain veg that’s mostly from Wholegood, a box scheme. I love their stuff, which is more interesting than other veg boxes. In the summer I had plums and berries that reminded me just how tasty plums and berries can be and the veg selection chucks up things like rainbow carrots (yes, I know they were once all like that but still) and sprout tops (yes I know that’s just the top part of a sprout plant, but still). There are 3 massive drawers, which two of us don’t fill, so the bottom one is crammed with er, more Mangalitza pork products. There’s a big slab of fat and about 6 soft, smoky cured sausages. And a salami. Look, I need them.
6. Door. You’d think there’s not much you could possibly change about a fridge door but it turns out this is the USP of the Showcase. It does this thing where you can open the front screen to access the outer items without opening the whole door. I guess the reason is that you can quickly grab something, so for instance I keep milk in the front. I’ve got heavy-use condiments in there too like French’s, Sriracha, mustards, tahini, brown sauce, mayo, plus butter and yoghurt. Oh and cheese: Turkish white cheese in tins, Gruyere, Cheddar, Parmesan, some cylinders of unidentifiable cheese I found in that Romanian deli.
7. The freezer. This is pitiful. Yes, it should be crammed with frozen stock and mystery meals but the reality is a bag of curry leaves, a pack of jus-rol and a bottle of palinka. The latter is an evil spirit. It is what Hungarians do with fruit instead of eating it.
Pros and Cons of The Fridge
– The shelves are massive. At one point I was brining a 3kg brisket in there, no problem.
– The whole thing is massive, so a food knob like me can store an obscene amount of Mangalitza pork and pickles.
– It is SILENT, apart from a little noise which lasts about 3 seconds and happens very rarely. My old fridge sounded like a cranky old pensioner, groaning, creaking, gurgling and moaning.
– The showcase feature is actually quite cool. At first I thought it seemed kind of pointless but it really does help for speedy access, especially when you don’t want to deal with the main door which is similar in size to the gates of Mordor.
– It has something called a ‘digital inverter’ which adapts to whatever you do to try and stuff it up, like put something inside that’s still warm, for example. The reason you’re not supposed to do this is that is lowers overall fridge temperature. I do it anyway and I bet you do too. The inverter is therefore a good thing.
– It has an ICE DISPENSER. American style fridges are still such a luxury to us Brits, huh? And what’s more, that dispenser does indispensable dispensing of both cubed AND crushed ice! This is the best feature in the world for anyone who has a hangover. Ditto, the cold water dispenser, and, it’s plumbed directly into the main supply so you don’t have to do anything awful like fill it up. Imagine.
– The digital display tells you the temperature of both freezer and fridge, plus controls the ice dispenser.
– The retractable shelf can do one.
There’s no doubt about it, this is a swanky piece of kit. It looks the part, and it makes me feel like a boss. Every time I lunk open those doors and the mist starts to swirl around me I feel like a member of Spandau ballet, only fatter and carnivorous. Definitely carnivorous.