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How to Stock a Mini Fridge

Maximize space in that tiny icebox with these tips.


  • Step 1: Shrink food items Buy small water bottles and soda cans and repackage other items in resealable bags.
  • TIP: Limit the number of warm bottles or cans you place in the fridge at one time -- too many can overwork the motor.
  • Step 2: Remove shelves Remove shelves to gain a few extra inches for larger items, or stack smaller items to maximize space.
  • Step 3: Stay clear of frozen foods Stay clear of frozen foods. Mini fridges don't stay cold enough and frozen foods may melt.
  • Step 4: Stock up on fruits and vegetables Stock up on the fruits and vegetables. They can be eaten raw and don't easily spoil if the temperature should rise.
  • TIP: Avoid buying things that need a lot of preparation or cooking.
  • Step 5: Limit condiments Limit the number of condiments you have and only stock what you plan on using.
  • FACT: Before electric refrigerators, iceboxes required huge blocks of ice to be delivered daily in order to keep food cold.

You Will Need

  • Resealable plastic bags
  • Small bottles and cans
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Condiment limitations

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