Old Fridge, New Fridge

My new fridge arrived on the weekend!  So happy to have cold, unrotting food again!

My old fridge, like everything else in my apartment, was old. Very, very old. Let’s do a little side-by-side comparison of fridges old and new, shall we?  Old fridge on the left, new fridge on the right (or old fridge on the top, new fridge on the bottom, for the pictures that are too wide to put side-by-side1).

From the outside, not much difference.  Old fridge is beige, new fridge is white.  Given the awesome wood paneling and yellowed linoleum floor, I suppose external appearances aren’t so important in my apartment.

See, it’s what inside that counts.  The older freezer was a wee bit ripped apart as my landlord was trying to figure it out if it was fixable.  But I hadn’t really realized how dirty it was ’til it was all emptied out like that.  Yum!

I appear to have forgotten to take a picture of the inside of the old fridge. So let’s just look at the new fridge in all its shiny goodness.  Shiny!

I like that the vegetable crisper drawers are clear – the old ones were opaque brown and I would forget what was inside them and then my veggies would rot and I’d discover them later and go “damn, I totally would have eaten that zucchini if only I’d know it was there”2.

The door in the new fridge is a vast improvement over the one in the old fridge.  Benefit #1: items do not have to be kept on the door shelves using a makeshift duct tape contraption.  Benefit #2:  diet Pepsi rack along the right side.  Benefit #3: No butter section with opaque door behind which can hide butter of indeterminate age:

So, yeah, I discovered this butter when I was emptying out my fridge. I didn’t know that I had butter. I do not remember buying this butter.  It is no exaggeration to say this butter could easily be more than two years old. Awesome.

Any finally, what the hell is this thing?

It came with my fridge, but it’s not mentioned anywhere in the owner’s manual.  It’s a little box that you can hang on the door and it has a scraper in it.  My best guess is that you could put ice cubes in it, hang it on the freezer door and use the scraper to scrape ice cubes off the bottom if they get stuck? Seems odd though.  If anyone knows if this is what this thing is for or if I’m way off base on this, please feel free to leave a comment!

1Yes, I realize that I could make the photos smaller, but I want you to be see them in all their gloriousness. And my blog is pretty narrow.
2I could open the drawer and look inside, you say? I don’t have time for such things!

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  • I think it’s probably safe to assume the scraper is for defrosting your freezer periodically so it doesn’t turn into a giant block of ice.


  • That looks wonderful… you will have to stock the diet Pepsi holder with caffeine-free real Pepsi (available at a Safeway near you) when I visit.

    We will not think about what it says about our increasingly obese society that fridges have built-in can dispensers.

    I’m sure I’ll miss the duct tape, though. What would MacGyver say? 😛


  • @Dan Udey – If the scraper is for defrosting, then what is the box for? It seems a rather large box to be just a box to hold the scraper.

    @Kalev – You should visit. Then maybe there’d be some caff-free sugar-laden Pepsi in my diet Pepsi holder. And it says nothing about obesity, because I have DIET Pepsi in there. It’s practically a health food!


  • Can holders in fridges are godsends. Right now, I have carbonated beverages in the designated animal food/condiment door bin, on the top shelf, and on the shelf that is 1″ lower than that shelf.


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