Can a Wine Cooler Be Used As a Refrigerator for Food, Beer, Etc.?
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Different food products have unique values for optimal storage conditions, such as temperature and humidity levels. Read on to learn more about what you can and cannot store in your wine cooler.
You might think that a wine cooler is just a fancier name for a refrigerator. After all, they're all boxy, icy, and stored things. But in reality, there are subtle differences between the two.
Wine coolers can be used as refrigerators for wine and beer, but not food. The wine cooler will not be as cold as a regular refrigerator to preserve the quality of the wine. Their minimum temperature setting is about 50℉ (10℃), which may not be cold enough for some foods.
Different food products have unique values for optimal storage conditions, such as temperature and humidity levels. Foods like bread may be less maintenance-intensive, but milk and eggs are. Read on to learn more about what you can and cannot store in your wine cooler.
Standard Refrigerator and Wine Cooler
The average operating temperature of a regular refrigerator and wine cooler varies due to the nature of the items stored. Most foods and beverages have specific storage temperature levels that are ideal for their preservation.
Food needs cooler conditions to prevent spoilage, and freezing temperatures are not ideal for wine, which can separate the refrigerator from the wine cooler.
Storing wine in a regular refrigerator will reduce its quality. Wine should generally be kept around 52℉ (11℃) to 57℉ (14℃) to keep its quality at the highest level. Therefore, the operating temperature of the wine cooler is 50°F (10℃) to 60°F (15.56℃).
A regular refrigerator, on the other hand, is much cooler around 40℉ (4.5℃). According to the FDA, these conditions are ideal for food storage.
But can you use a dedicated mini fridge for wine or beer? The mini fridge can be set to whatever temperature you need to store wine and beer, and it can take the load off your kitchen fridge.
Storing Food in the Wine Cooler
Since wine coolers run slightly warmer than regular refrigerators, they are not suitable for foods that are more prone to spoilage. Some examples are milk and eggs, which are best stored in a standard refrigerator running around 40℉(4.5℃).
However, that's not to say you can't store any type of food in the wine cooler. Some foods are not as delicate as the examples above and can withstand slightly higher temperatures.
For example, wine coolers can safely store items like cheese, salads, or leafy greens.
You can also store a variety of fruits in the wine cooler. Fruit doesn't usually need strict refrigeration to maintain its quality, but cold conditions can help, and wine coolers are perfect for that.
However, avoid storing any foods with strong or pungent odors, including fruits and vegetables. Examples include garlic, cabbage, onion or durian. That's because these scents can mix with your wine and add interesting flavors to it, the last thing you want.
The most common types of ripe fruit can live happily in the wine cooler. If you have pears, apples, bananas, grapes or peaches in your fridge but are limited in space, a wine cooler is a great fridge for them.
Your vegetables, such as cilantro, parsley, and leafy greens, can also be stored and preserved in the wine cooler for quite a long time.
Also, if any of your packaged food labels say "store in a cool, dark place," a wine cooler may be a suitable storage space.
Storing beer in a wine cooler
Just like wine has its ideal storage conditions, so do most other alcoholic beverages. You can store beer in a wine cooler, but the correct temperature setting depends on the type of beer you have.
Keeping these drinks in tip-top shape helps maintain their best flavor.
Beers can be finicky when it comes to finding the "just right" storage temperature, depending on their type. The same goes for wine, where red and white variations require different temperature levels to maintain quality.
These are ideal temperature levels for different types of wine.
Red and Port wines—60℉ (15.56℃) to 65°F (18.3℃)
Fruity Reds and Full-bodied Whites—50℉ (10℃) to 60℉ (15.56℃)
Sparkling and Dry White Wines—40℉ (4.4℃) to 50℉ (10℃)
Again, wine coolers are great for storing beer, but the "perfect" temperature setting varies by beer type. However, the overall temperature range for refrigerating and storing beer is about 35℉ (1.67℃) to 60℉ (15.56℃).
So you can stack certain types of beer in a regular refrigerator because they run at about 40℉ (4.5℃), as mentioned above.
Do You Need a Separate Wine Cabinet for Beer and Wine?
Now, you might want to stock up on different types of wine and beer at home. So, do you need a separate wine cabinet to customize temperature settings for beer and wine?
You don't need a separate wine cabinet to store beer and wine. A dual-zone wine cooler can support two temperature settings in different sections. For example, you can store red wine in a warmer setting while refrigerating pale beer in cooler temperatures, all in the same wine cabinet.
Dual-zone wine cabinets also allow you to store different types of wine at the exact temperature best suited for their preservation, storage and aging. As mentioned above, some types of wine need to be stored at lower temperatures than others, and a dual-zone wine cooler can solve this problem.
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