Strange things stored in a freezer
The next time you give us a call here at KAPUT to claim on your freezer insurance and arrange for a fully trained and qualified engineer to come out and fix it when it goes wrong, you might want to spare a thought for the catalogue of strange and bizarre freezer contents which have been discovered by just such individuals:
- it might help to get some of the more grisly, stomach-churning example out of the way first – and these tend to involve the storage of human body parts in the humble domestic freezer;
- according to a report in the Mirror newspaper on the 7th of March 2016, television personality Nadia Sawalha told viewers that she kept a foetus she had miscarried in her home freezer for about four and a half months, because she could not bear to say goodbye to it;
- not to be out done, the Independent newspaper on the 2nd of June 2016 related the story of an American woman who was congratulating herself after having bought a second hand freezer from a neighbour – getting it home, she opened it only to discover what she believed to be the human body parts of here neighbour’s dead mother being stored in it;
The equally criminal
- what is it about freezers that seem to make them the "go-to" place for any manner of storage problems you might have?
- a story in the North-West Evening Mail on the 25th of June 2016, told the tale of a man from Barrow in Cumbria who had been using not only his chest freezer, but also a fridge, in which to store a whole “sweet shop” of illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, LSD, mephedrone and ecstasy tablets, and amphetamine – little wonder he was initially sentenced to nine years in prison, but this was later reduced on appeal;
That weakest link
- writing for BT, consumers’ champion Anne Robinson, must have stumbled across a particularly dim selection of survey subjects;
- one in five of those interviewed, it’s said, did not know that water could be frozen and stored in – yes, you’ve guessed it – the freezer as ice;
- other foods which people said they did not know could be kept in the freezer included vegetables, cooked meat and herbs – there was no indication of what these respondents did keep in their freezers instead;
It’s all in the science
- on the 27th of June 2016, Cosmopolitan magazine published a science lesson about keeping your coffee beans in the freezer – rather than just any old “cool, dry place” around home;
- apparently, frozen coffee beans produce a more consistent coffee powder when ground – and this helps to produce a more consistent, flavoursome brew, without some of the sour notes that ordinary beans might give.
So, the next time your freezer breaks down and it’s time to call out the repair man to fix it, you might want to check exactly what you've got stashed away in there!
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