Friday, October 09, 2015

Freezer tray

The brand of the refrigerator of my childhood was Hallstrom, the Silent Knight model. I don't remember if it was very silent or not. This is a photo from Sydney's brilliant Powerhouse Museum. It is as I remember ours.


Under the freezer compartment (what did we call the freezer part?) was a tray where you would lay out chops, steaks, sausages and any other flat meat that would fit. The meat would then freeze and of course keep much longer. In a world of there not being plastic bags or wrap, they would be uncovered. Didn't the meat dry out? Well, it was frozen, but still? My favourite fridge memory is Mother opening the fridge door and fast as lightening a very pregnant and ravenously hungry Sooty the cat grabbed sausages from a plate where they had thawed in the fridge and Sooty running off trailing the string of sausages behind her. Sooty did get fed but she was a always a hungry cat. Mother's next fridge did not have a freezer tray. Should we bring them back?

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  1. We had a fridge much like that as well.
    It was our dog of the time who was an opportunistic thief though.

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    1. EC, I do remember a pregnant dog having a huge appetite when she was feeding.

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  2. I think my childhood fridge was also a Silent Knight.

    My grandmother on the other hand I think had an ice box. I remember the ice man making regular visits to her street to deliver ice.

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    1. Victor, I've heard of kids helping themselves to chips of ice from the ice man's cart. Imagine kids nowadays being pleased by plain ice.

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    2. Plain ice works a treat for stuffing down the neck of someone else's t-shirt or down the back of their pants :)

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  3. Cats are intelligent and greedy creatures

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    1. Gosia, they are, for sure.

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  4. My Gran had one of the first 'transitional' refrigerators, when they were moving from ice boxes to true refrigerators. Before she died she donated it to the Indianapolis Children's museum.

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    1. Interesting Jac. On the list to find out about.

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  5. That fridge looks cool.

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    1. Susie, I can imagine it in a trendy cafe.

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  6. My parents married in 1945 and had an ice box until the mid 1950s. I remember the huge excitement when the first fridge arrived and the icebox went into the garage.

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    1. Hels, just reading what you have said, they must have brought about quite a social change, with shopping needing to be done less often.

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  7. No clue what we had. My fridge now howls horribly half the time. It's the fan in the freezer compartment. Sometimes it doesn't scream, mostly it does. I just ignore it now.

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    1. Strayer, sounds like something you could investigate. Even if the bearings are worn, some lubrication could keep it going.

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    2. Worn bearings and fan belts can be replaced. My clothes dryer screeches too. I must get that fixed before next winter.

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  8. We had a refrigerator like that up at my parents' camp for years and years: it finally broke last fall and we replaced it. The freezer tray was always a pain -- it would fill with water dripping from the freezer and it would spill when I tried to empty it ....

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    1. I had forgotten that Jo, the precarious trip with the tray full of defrosted icy water to the sink. It always spilt.

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    2. I remember my mum stuffing a towel in there to soak up water, then the whole thing got carried outside and the towel wrung out to be hung on the line.

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  9. I don't see any point in bringing back freezer trays, not now that freezer compartments are separate at the top or bottom of your fridge and much more efficient.
    Sooty must have known those sausages were there to make such a speedy grab and run manoeuvre.

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  10. Oh how I love these cool old appliances. We need to replace our fridge. It isn't old enough to be cool, just old enough to need replacing.

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  11. From some of the comments above I would say no, no we should not bring the freezer tray back.. sounds a wee bit messy :)

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