We have all been there: just back from the supermarket, unpacking your shop. There were some unmissable deals in the dairy section. The cheeses looked delicious. You have a busy few weeks ahead and don’t want to waste time returning to the shops so you took advantage of those deals and stocked up. You bought lots of fresh veg. Extra milk as you are expecting guests. But now, as you unpack, it dawns on you that you don’t have enough room in the fridge. In the summer months, you may have a glut of veg from your allotment. It is heartbreaking to have to throw produce away because you just can’t eat it fast enough. It is also a waste of money if you have spent your hard-earned pennies on the produce. If only you had a cold room. The added benefit of having a cold room is that it would free up that much-needed space in your kitchen. And most likely in your fridge too. Read on…
Location location location
The first stage in the design process is where to locate your cold room. Cold rooms are, of course, suited to basements because they have a cooler starting temperature. You may not have a basement though, or you might prefer a space which is nearer to your kitchen. It does make sense to choose an area which is cooler in the first instance.
When considering the best location for you cold room you will need to take size into consideration. Just how much food will you be storing at any given time? Will your produce be limited to fresh or will you want to make space for canned and packaged consumables too? These factors will influence whether you can use an existing portioned area of a room or need to build.
You might choose traditional shelving. You could store your freshly dug veg in sand. Insulation and air circulation are important factors in storing homegrown roots and squashes. The NHS has some helpful advice about food storage and shelf life.
Draw out your designs, play a little, and it will become clearer what your needs really are. For more inspiration visit https://www.fridgefreezerdirect.co.uk/cold-rooms.
The room needs to be dark, well ventilated and cold. A wall thermometer will keep this in check.