Saturday, March 10, 2012
I scrubbed and cleaned out my fridge and freezer last night. As I worked, I remembered kitchens of yesteryear. . .
We used to have a variety of colors for refrigerators. There was cream, yellow, green or white. I've also seen country red and blue in pictures. I remember our fridges were mostly a cheery yellow. (I have never liked the sterile, cold look of stainless steel that is presented as a modern necessity.)
Refrigerators needed to be cleaned once each week. This would be a deep cleaning, which included throwing out unused leftovers and discarding old produce. We would also get a big bucket, cloth and towel. We would use hot water and a cleaning product and start scrubbing every inch of the fridge shelves, walls, drawers and door. Then we would dry and polish it all.
Some refrigerators had to be defrosted. In this case, it was turned off, emptied out, and given time for all the built - up ice to melt into a special pan. Then we would get in there and clean the whole thing out. This was also done on a weekly basis.
A clean fridge was just part of a clean kitchen. It was normal work we all expected to do.
Years ago, I remember a mother who was setting up her home as a daycare. She was told that she could enroll in a food program, which would provide checks to reimburse her for the meals she provided to the children. But she was worried because the worker would come into her home, randomly, and inspect her refrigerator and oven. Why would that bother her? Was it because she was not keeping things clean?
Can you imagine if someone randomly came by and inspected our kitchens?
Sometimes I think about this. Before I sit down to rest in the evenings, I go in my kitchen and tidy things up. When I notice my fridge is not orderly, I like to do a quick clean up and make things look neat. This is one of the many things that keep a housewife occupied and productive. This also helps keep a sanitary home.
After we make lunch or dinner, I notice a piled up mess. This becomes the challenge. The best thing to do is get in there promptly and get the work finished. There are going to be messes. And that is okay. That is part of life. But we cannot neglect the cleaning part. . . Top chefs have been trained to make delicious food, and run a sanitary, clean environment. They also have random checks by the health department. They are graded, on a point scale, based on cleanliness. They are always proud to get 100% scores or an "A."
If you were given 30 minutes notice, would you get an "A" for a clean kitchen?
But here is the sad part.... what about those who don't care if they get an "F"? Why don't we have more people take pride in a clean kitchen, like the Top Chefs and the Mothers of yesteryear?
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