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Music – “Livin’ In the Fridge” from Alapalooza by “Weird Al” Yankovic. Released: 1999
I recently heard that November 15th is “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day“. Some references suggest that Whirlpool Home Appliances started the promotion, however, this has not been confirmed. An alternate explanation is that someone (turkey breeders? pumpkin growers? cranberry harvesters?) suggested the date in anticipation of all of the room need to accommodate the coming Thanksgiving leftovers. Who knows?
I used to watch the show “Hoarders“and I was both fascinated and repelled by the stuff that people hoard and how MUCH of it. Suffice it to say, while I have never been accused of hoarding cookbooks, some people seem to think that no matter how organized or how much care goes into the selection and curation of a large collection of books, ownership of more than 1,000 books is “hoarding”, or, at least the Compulsive Book Hoarders Group seems to think. Wikipedia describes “bibliomania”, as the collecting of books which have no use to the collector nor any great intrinsic value to a genuine book collector. Well, that certainly lets me off the hook, as my cookbooks have tremendous value and are frequently used. Whatever.
In appreciation of the upcoming “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day“, I pulled out several of my older “cookbooklets”, which were issued from refrigerator manufacturers back in the day: Frigidaire, General Electric, Servel Electrolux, and International Harvester (I never knew they made refrigerators). This is an example of what a well-maintained refrigerator should look like, according to Servel Electrolux:
Or, from the booklet that accompanied the General Electric Refrigerator, for the modern woman of 1927….
One of the things that absolutely floored and disgusted me no end about many hoarders was the frequent obsession with retaining everything, including garbage, and even worse, rotting food. For example…(a picture is worth a thousand words)…
One wonders if hoarders actually attempt to eat the rotting remnants in their refrigerators or if there is just a sense of comfort knowing that the fridge is full….
While this might not be considered “hoarding” food, the owner had a novel approach to keeping fish fresh….
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve located some relics at the rear of many a refrigerator of mine over the years….I recall one particular ghastly and stomach-wrenching episode some years back, which, without going into details, I named “the ugly egg salad incident” (you can read between the lines)
So, please don’t forget that November 15th is NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR REFRIGERATOR DAY! You just never know what you might find….