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(Mother Nature Network)   What unexpected science projects did you discover on National Clean Out Your Fridge Day?   (mnn.com) divider line 73
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2013-11-16 02:20:51 PM  

cyberspacedout: There were footprints in the jello.


that's where refrigerator god carried you in your time of need, when you ran out of beer
 
2013-11-16 02:44:06 PM  
Americans have the biggest fridges in the world, we're saving it for later.
 
2013-11-16 02:56:14 PM  
An un-named relative of mine kept odd things in their freezer, some of which they did not discover until opening said freezer to retrieve some ice for a road trip. There was cheese in the freezer. There were other things, too, but I distinctly remember the cheese. The freezer stank, as you apparently can freeze a smell, which then permeates anything not sealed with a blowtorch. The ice was stink, frozen rock hard, and as it thawed, the stink permeated our cooler, our car, and eventually a trashcan at a rest stop. That ice smelled like ass. Freezer cheese is the magical trigger phrase that brings it all back, and of course smell is the more memorable sense.
 
2013-11-16 03:04:44 PM  
One step ahead of you .... Last week the overload relay in my fridge went out and I had to throw everything in the fridge and freezer away.

/NOT HAPPY
 
2013-11-16 03:09:41 PM  

sandbar67: One step ahead of you .... Last week the overload relay in my fridge went out and I had to throw everything in the fridge and freezer away.

/NOT HAPPY


Time to tell the microwave that lasagna ain't coming back?
 
2013-11-16 03:15:40 PM  
I haven't cleaned out my fridge since I bought it 6 years ago and I'm not about to start now.
 
2013-11-16 03:27:54 PM  
I can't describe it, because I didn't get a good look at it.  As soon as I opened the refrigerator, it jumped down and ran out the front door.
 
2013-11-16 03:43:57 PM  

Smoking GNU: bsteiny: Just a few minutes ago, I peeked in the fridge two separate times to verify that YES, something was growing in the Tupperware bowl in the far, far back.  I can see through the bowl enough to know that whatever is in there has taken over, and the whole thing, bowl and creature, are going directly into the trash.  This has been happening far too frequently.  I am a science teacher, too, but I don't think I want to study any of these little plastic terrariums.  I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.

I feel so wasteful.

You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens


That would be AWESOME !
 
2013-11-16 04:45:22 PM  

FrancoFile: [the_far_side_condiment_dance.gif]


I was more expecting the Farside "When potato salad goes bad!"

My story isn't technically fridge related per se....
My college roommate and I had this huge ass-trash bin that would slowly accumulate trash and turn it into mulch. This was made even slower because we didn't cook much (relevant to the story).

Anyways, after bickering whose turn it is to take out the trash for a few days -because the kitchen was really starting to stink- I break down first and take out the trash.

Stink is still there.

Two days later I don gloves, take the trash can out again, hose it down, spray it with some kind of disinfectant/deodorizer add a fresh bag and viola!

Stink is still there.

And getting worse.

After gagging every time I went into or passed thru the kitchen I started a scavenger hunt to find out just where the hell the stink was coming from. Hell, the whole house was starting to stink.

Open the fridge for the 10th time...nothing there.
Cupboards...nothing.
Check the trash bin again. Nope, not it.
Can it be the oven? Again, like I said, we didn't cook much.

OH.
MY.
GOD.

I almost fall over backwards.
I had tried my hand at cooking some rice. Batch was huge. I was really happy that I got the right softness to the rice. To keep it warm I had just placed the whole pot in the oven without switching the oven on.

That was two weeks previous.

I just took a deep breathe, grabbed the pot and threw it into the sink and turned on both the water and the disposer.
So help me God if whatever had taken on life in that Petri dish hadn't eaten thru the aluminum pot and the water was leaking thru very small wholes in the side.

It was nice to have a house that didn't stink again.
 
2013-11-16 05:14:10 PM  

Smoking GNU: You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens


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2013-11-16 05:20:22 PM  

LonMead: Smoking GNU: You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens

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What's so bad about that?
 
2013-11-16 06:07:19 PM  
Im not sure what it is but it has its own heartbeat
 
2013-11-16 06:08:57 PM  
When was the last time you looked in Your vegetable crisper?
 
2013-11-16 06:59:14 PM  
www.overthinkingit.com 

/see ya, space cowboy
//bang
 
2013-11-16 08:10:45 PM  

Smoking GNU: bsteiny: Just a few minutes ago, I peeked in the fridge two separate times to verify that YES, something was growing in the Tupperware bowl in the far, far back.  I can see through the bowl enough to know that whatever is in there has taken over, and the whole thing, bowl and creature, are going directly into the trash.  This has been happening far too frequently.  I am a science teacher, too, but I don't think I want to study any of these little plastic terrariums.  I did once open a container of Greek yogurt that was far past its prime, and actually yelled as I saw what had been growing in there.

I feel so wasteful.

You should actually take one of those containers, take one of those big fishtanks, put the container with the lid off in the tank and leave it in some dark back room for a month or so, just to see what happens


It'd probably end up like that one The Outer Limits episode, with Beau Bridges and the Martian bugs in his barn.
 
2013-11-16 10:00:09 PM  

unlikely: Space.
My fridge has been remarkably empty since I stopped filling it with coke and root beer.

Seriously, what else are you supposed to put in there?


Beer - the alcoholic kind.

I was going to make hot dogs the other day.  I looked at the package. and there was something white on the one closest to the opening.  It was only a thin film, but I decided that didn't look quite right.  The garbage truck had just picked up trash too.  I wrapped it in a plastic bag and put it back in there.  I don't want that shiat rotting at room temperature for a week until they pick up trash again.

I hate throwing shiat out, but I will not eat anything with visible mold on it.  I rarely do throw things out.so I don't understand how you can have "science projects" in your 'fridge.  If food looks too bad to eat, it's not going to get any better by leaving it in your 'fridge.

Sometimes you gotta tell yourself "Eat it now, or throw it away before it gets worse."

Really, all that rotten food in your refrigerator is going to do nothing but stink and possibly spread mold and other nasties to other food.  Oh, and it stinks too.  These hot dogs are the first thing besides milk and an occasional banana that I've had to throw out all year.
 
2013-11-16 10:29:57 PM  
I cleaned out my fridge about a week ago. Removed stuff from all the shelves and the fridge door & wiped up any food/beverage residue. The only thing that got tossed was a jug of oj that was about 1/3 full & had some how got pushed behind some other items on the bottom shelf. It was pull dated May, 2013.
 
2013-11-16 11:28:01 PM  
I once traumatized a friend who always had his nose in our fridge. He asked if he could have the last ice-cream sandwich and I mindlessly agreed. It took a few moments before the thought crossed my mind that we didn't HAVE any ice-cream sandwiches in the house, so what heck was he....

Then he screamed like a little girl and I finally remembered what the little ice-cream sandwich box in the back of the freezer actually held.

Popcorn, our dearly departed pet gerbil - who was now a dessicated and very freezer burnt little corpse.

The poor thing had died ages ago but at the time we couldn't bury it due to bad weather. So we had wrapped the little guy up in a multitude of baggies, tissues and the tiniest box we could find, then shoved him in the back of the freezer to be buried with all due ceremony at the first available chance.

What can I say? Out of sight, out of mind.

/csb
 
2013-11-16 11:46:28 PM  

RY28: Well I don't own a fridge . Gave it up years ago .


Pretty much just king shiat of fark island, aren't you?
 
2013-11-17 03:46:50 AM  
Resident Muslim:
I almost fall over backwards.
I had tried my hand at cooking some rice. Batch was huge. I was really happy that I got the right softness to the rice. To keep it warm I had just placed the whole pot in the oven without switching the oven on.

That was two weeks previous.

I just took a deep breathe, grabbed the pot and threw it into the sink and turned on both the water and the disposer.
So help me God if whatever had taken on life in that Petri dish hadn't eaten thru the aluminum pot and the water was leaking thru very small wholes in the side.

It was nice to have a house that didn't stink again.


We had that happen with the rice cooker, only it was leftover broccoli water from steamed broccoli, and we'd been out of town for a week. Neither of us remembered to dump the pot and wash everything after we ate dinner. Someone closed the lid and as others have said... out of sight, out of mind.

For the record, you can cut mold off cheese (to a point), and spoon out mold from yogurt, again to a point. If it's like half a container left, I'm going to save that bastard if I can. If it's less than a third, probably not though. I'm appalled at how much food I've thrown out this year, but living alone during the week makes it hard to gauge how much will get eaten =/
 
2013-11-17 10:39:54 AM  
When you've got an area in your fridge empty, it's a good idea to wipe down the surfaces with bleach water - shelves (top and bottom), walls, door, seals.  Really helps keep the overall mold and bacteria count down so that stuff lasts longer.
 
2013-11-17 02:36:18 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-11-17 03:28:59 PM  
I never knew asparagus could liquify.
 
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