As a gracious host or hostess, you want to embellish your parties with a snazzy spread, but preparing it can take a lot of time and effort. Fortunately, your fridge can be more than a place to keep food cold—it’s also the ultimate organizer. Try these helpful hints that let your refrigerator do some of the work.
Before you start filling the fridge with appetizers, be sure to clear enough space. Toss anything that’s past its shelf life to make room for party essentials.
Items like sliced vegetables can stand a couple of days of storage and remain fresh, so get them chopped and ready to go well in advance. Store them in zip-top bags in the appropriate refrigerator section: Samsung’s Twin Cooling technology keeps them fresh by controlling the temperature and humidity of the refrigerated and freezer compartments individually. Each compartment features its own cooling unit, so air doesn’t circulate between the fridge and freezer, keeping odors from spreading. A built-in humidifier maintains a constant 75 percent humidity—perfect for keeping food in tip-top condition.
Adjust the internal shelving to accommodate beverages, trays, cakes or larger items like a roast or turkey. Samsung refrigerators feature a variety of options to let you customize and maximize internal storage space. Some models like the RFG29THDRS Refrigerator feature removable Slide-n-Go Shelves that can go directly from the refrigerator to the table, saving you time and cutting down on dirty dishes. The FlexZone™ Drawer featured on the RF4267HARS Refrigerator has a customizable Smart Divider that allows easy, personalized organization within the drawer. Other models, including the RSG257AARS Refrigerator, have a Wine Rack that stores bottles properly on their side while preventing them from rolling.
Before the first guests arrive, place clean glassware near the refrigerator doors so guests can get ice directly from the in-door dispenser—far more elegant space-hogging buckets or, worse, plastic bags from the grocery store. Don’t worry if your tumblers are oversized: Samsung’s in-door ice dispenser accommodates tall glassware.
Party guests like to huddle in the kitchen, so let your fridge work as an informational signpost. Use magnets (or if the door is stainless steel, tape) to attach notes directing guests to beverages, ice, water, trash and recycling bins, and—crucially—bathrooms.
Ice can run short—especially in hot weather—so be sure to monitor the supply as the party progresses. Samsung refrigerators produce large amounts of ice so you always have it on hand when you need it.
Toss refrigerator trays in the dishwasher and stash leftovers back in the fridge (since there will be plenty of room for them). As for the rest of the mess? Leave it for morning and get some sleep.