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2 Cool Uses for Your Extra Fridge

So, you have a new fridge and you don’t know what to do with the old one, or you have a mini fridge wasting space as a garage can cooler – how do you put these things to better use?</br></br>Try one of these two ideas and you'll never look at your <a title="Mini Fridges" href="http://www.atgstores.com/appliances/refrigerators/type/mini-fridges/" target="_blank">mini fridge</a> the same way again.</br></br><strong>Humidor</strong></br></br>Cigars smokers rejoice, for there is indeed a way to have your own personal humidor without paying Monte Cristo prices for it. You do, however, have to be a bit handy, but it all depends on close you want to get to that ideal 65% humidity and 66-68F° temperature range.</br></br><em>Temperature:</em> If your fridge’s temperature control isn’t digital or is not precise, you can add an electronic temperature controller to the unit. If you do, make sure to seal up any wire holes with silicone caulk.</br></br><em>Containment:</em> First, clean the unit to remove unwanted odors. Next, place your cigar boxes and a temp/humidity monitor in the unit so that everything that could have an impact on humidity is in there, save for the cigars. This way you’ll know how to adjust for perfect humidity in the next step.</br></br><em>Humidity:</em> There are several steps to achieving perfect humidity. The first is to seal up any cracks or holes in the unit. Next, add 65% humidity beads to the unit. Finally, remember to place a small amount of distilled water in the unit to keep the beads charged every two months or so.</br></br><strong>Meat Ager</strong></br></br>Do you prefer the juicy, delicious taste a dry-aged steak? Of course you do! And now, thanks to your new (old) fridge you can get amazing dry-aged flavor at home in just five days.</br></br><em>Temperature:</em> You shouldn’t need to make a modification here, and you don’t need an external display for the exact temp. For dry aging, temperature isn’t as important as containment and humidity.</br></br><em>Containment:</em> Make sure you clean your fridge very thoroughly. An exposed steak will absorb odors and mold, and you don’t want that.</br></br>Use mild soap and water, dry it and then go over it again with water and baking soda. Be sure to get into all the cracks in the seals. Once this is done, leave the fridge sit empty with nothing but a box of baking soda for a few days before use.</br></br>Finally, you’ll want to make sure that your fridge racks are coated, plastic or stainless steel. You will be placing your meat directly on the racks so air can circulate around them, and you want to use material that is nonreactive.</br></br><em>Humidity:</em> Buy a humidity reader and put it in the fridge. Get a reading, and if it’s more than five points away from 60% humidity in either direction you can use cigar humidity beads to reach the ideal level.</br></br>Enjoy <a title="Refrigerators" href="http://www.atgstores.com/plumbing/kitchen-fixtures/large-appliances/refrigerators/" target="_blank">using your old fridge in fun new ways</a> as a humidor or meat ager!
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