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How should I store fruits and vegetables in the fridge?

As for saving energy in the fridge, vegetable storing does not make a difference.* If you want to prolong the life of your produce to reduce waste, it depends on the vegetable. Many veggies and ...
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Are there any take-out restaurants where you can bring your own dishes?

I know of one independent place that happily refills the containers they use, if you bring them back clean. In this case the container is used as a portion measure so it wouldn't work with arbitrary ...
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How to reduce energy usage of refrigerator while away?

Some models have a holiday mode which can be used with care. On a fridge-freezer it often stops cooling the fridge compartment (AEG) or at least stops cooling it enough to keep food fresh. Check the ...
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Why don't we use cattle to re-store CO₂ in the soil?

Both of the links you shared are important videos to watch for anyone interested in learning about the process and should be considered required viewing material in classrooms where agriculture is ...
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Effects of refrigerating vegetables that I'm supposed to freeze

Bacteria grow well at temperatures between 4 C and 60 C, generally, the warmer the better for the bacteria. Generally refrigerators are set to operate at temperatures around 4 C. Freezers operate at ...
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How to sell orange squash without plastic bottles?

A lovely question! I can remember when there were no plastic bottles. Glass - made from one of our most common minerals - quartz, is not likely to run out, and is fully recyclable. I still get my ...
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Most sustainable type of cream container?

When comparing similar products and packaging, a quick and practical rule is that the product with the highest content weight / packaging weight ratio has the lowest impact. But in practice it's much ...
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How "heavy duty" does a compostable container need to be to hold hot food?

Sugarcane and natural fiber are your best bets, but even they won't hold up to hot wet food over time. You could consider corn-based plastic, but these are biodegradable rather than compostable; ...
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How does the EPA estimate annual power consumption for refrigerators?

10 CFR 430.32 - Energy and water conservation standards and their effective dates is the U.S. government standard defining (among other things) how energy consumption of refrigerators is to be tested. ...
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Can I use a "normal" thermometer in a refrigerator?

A properly made normal thermometer will function perfectly well in a refrigerator, as you describe. As with all mercury based thermometers be careful not to break it. Cleaning up and then dealing with ...
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How to sell orange squash without plastic bottles?

Some common brands in the UK used glass within the last couple of decades; a few still do, but call themselves "cordial". I recall plastic caps on some, and metal caps on other brands. In France the ...
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Why do the best energy star freezers have higher capacity and lower rated power consumption than the best refrigerators?

Although it seems logical that a refrigerator would be more efficient since it doesn't have to keep things as cold, there are a few different factors affecting real-world performance. Freezers are ...
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Do Chipotle style bowls still have PFAS chemicals?

From the the article you referenced, Chipotle is quoted as saying (emphasis added): We’ve been working closely with our suppliers to develop new food packaging that is sustainably sourced, functional,...
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Effective strategies to use snow for refrigeration in the winter?

Imma use metric here. If you explore this field any more, you'll be swimming in metric, so might as well jump in now. 0C is freezing, 100C is boiling point (212F), and body temperature is 37C. Use a ...
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Help me safely mod my freezer

It appears that some of these thermostats have "compressor delay protection," such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HXM5UAC/?th=1
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Can I insulate my refrigerator to improve efficiency?

I think the greatest efficiency improvement can be obtained by cleaning the condenser coils on the bottom and/back . In a home unit the coils,especially on the bottom collect a lot of lint , pet hair ,...
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Why don't we use cattle to re-store CO₂ in the soil?

Cattle have become unpopular because they have been accused of farting methane. This is the main answer to your question. However in ecologically sound pastures cattle do restore CO2 to the soil, and ...
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Most sustainable type of cream container?

if you are really interested in these types of issues specific to your own footprint (rather than in general for an average person with recycling services), you may want to just call up your local ...
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How should I store fruits and vegetables in the fridge?

As sustainability is concerned, you might want to go all plastic free. Here is one of the many resources you can easily find online, may it be about avoiding plastic or best storing ways (there is a ...
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How should I store fruits and vegetables in the fridge?

In order to sustain the vegetables as much as possible, I use vegetable bags and put them in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator. The veggies need to breathe. They last longer that way.
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