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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

We've got an 18cu ft. fridge. It's definitely not big enough for our needs, especially around the holidays. I keep trying to make extra room in it, but my wife keeps filling up my beer crisper with vegetables.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

View Posttipsy_munchkin, on 26 December 2012 - 05:03 PM, said:



yep a lot of them are. We have two near us that always are. Though i get my fresh from a butcher/grocer at the end of the st. whos not open bank holidays and Sundays. I never like to store fresh more than three days in advance. with no car its far more convenient as the supermarkets often work out more expensive if you can't take advantage of things like but one get one free.
They do fill quite a niche when the big boys are closed for business.
I love their willingness to help people stuck for certain items like cigarettes and booze.
A Xmas party is absolutely useless without both items when you consume then by the ton.
Well I do but other people will surely be up the creek without a paddle if they didn't provide this service.
However they do get opened by people who don't celebrate Xmas in the traditional sense.
And if it wasn't for their religious beliefs Christmas would be incomplete.
I havn't got a car either but there's a few shops and a mini Tesco within walking distance.
My idea of fresh food is anything not in the freezer and the more exposed the better.
Btw I take the advantage of the "buy one get one free" offer with the books.
However not with groceries because there is always a catch with the promotions.
It has been documented on Watchdog quite a few times.



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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:27 AM

We have what we call an American side by side fridge freezer..

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:06 AM

Thanks for all the replies!

I am jealous of the "corner butcher" type shops you have in England/Europe. That would be great for daily shopping.
Bakeries and produce and cheese shops too.

Yes, some areas/cities in the US have those too, but never where I've lived. It' pretty much the mega mart. Unless you want to drive into the city which is quite a distance.

I think maybe walking more or traveling by bus... maybe causes you to carry less groceries too.
We are used to driving our vehicles and loading them up for the week.

I'd love to do the local daily shop thing though!

Edited by QuiteContrary, 27 December 2012 - 03:07 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:49 PM

View PostMedium Brown, on 26 December 2012 - 04:56 PM, said:

And they open on Christmas day!

I kid you not.  Our corner shop is open Christmas Day and New year's Day for a couple of hours.  Owned by (old) Big Joe from Bombay who proudly declares his kids are from Glasgow! :)  (I like Indians... they are genuine and have an admirable work ethic)

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

View PostEldorado, on 27 December 2012 - 12:49 PM, said:

I kid you not.  Our corner shop is open Christmas Day and New year's Day for a couple of hours.  Owned by (old) Big Joe from Bombay who proudly declares his kids are from Glasgow! :)  (I like Indians... they are genuine and have an admirable work ethic)

Ours is owned by Harry. Hes great and he gives credit if your a bit short. :D

    

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:12 AM

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I kid you not.  Our corner shop is open Christmas Day and New year's Day for a couple of hours.  Owned by (old) Big Joe from Bombay who proudly declares his kids are from Glasgow! :)  (I like Indians... they are genuine and have an admirable work ethic)
I love these guys.

There the type of people that keep the UK ticking.
And they also manage to keep the cabs running at stupid o' clock.

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:47 AM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 20 December 2012 - 03:59 AM, said:



Thanks for the reply! This really intrigues me.



Yes, I agree, space plus maybe "the way it's always been" does account for the small refrigerators, but I wonder "How they do it?"

There are only 3 living in our home now and our fat frig still gets overcrowded all the time.

Right now my frig contains pretty standard American refrigerator fare:
1 gallon of milk
2 half gallons of orange juice
2 twelve packs of canned soda pop
2 pounds of butter
3 mustard, 1 ketchup, 2 mayo jars, 4 salad dressing bottles,
1 shelf of leftovers
1 drawer of cheese and lunchmeats
2 drawers of vegetables
2 dozen eggs
10 bottles of water
3 jars of jelly
a few miscellaneous condiments: pickles, hot sauce, Worcestershire, soy sauce, Tajini,
a roast for tomorrow
a whole chicken for this week
some miscellaneous items in plastic containers

The door compartments are crammed full and the shelves have little space left.

UKers what is usually in your small refrigerators? What on my frig list would you never have in yours?

Do you drink most beverages at room temperature? Eat out a lot? Drink a lot of tap water?

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I don't know if this'll mean much, I'm in NA not the UK, but when I first moved out I was extremely young and working like mad but only made so much with school going on and my age further complicating...anyway I had a tiny fridge, usually I kept handpicked fruit,  string cheese, and raw tortillas in it. I lived off that plus tap water and cup-noodles, and the neighborhood the apartment was in was a very 'tight' area, where I walked to a bodega 2-3 times a week, 10 minutes each way. Anyway, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it...

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:03 PM

View PostQuiteContrary, on 20 December 2012 - 02:27 AM, said:

UKers Why the tiny refrigerators?

Almost EVERTHING in the UK is tiny!

The world has been given a false impression (via the medium of costume drama) that we all live in palatial homes, set in acres of landscaped gardens. The truth is... We are the 4th most densely populated country in Europe, and much of our living accommodation is the smallest.

I often imagine an American visiting England for the first time, looking at what they might see as a 'modest' home, and then realizing that it is split into four separate dwellings!


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Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:45 PM

View Postacute alan, on 31 December 2012 - 06:03 PM, said:

Almost EVERTHING in the UK is tiny!

The world has been given a false impression (via the medium of costume drama) that we all live in palatial homes, set in acres of landscaped gardens. The truth is... We are the 4th most densely populated country in Europe, and much of our living accommodation is the smallest.

I often imagine an American visiting England for the first time, looking at what they might see as a 'modest' home, and then realizing that it is split into four separate dwellings!

Yes. I am intrigued by how you manage with them.
I do love the English countryside. It is gorgeous! If I could retire there I would. And buy my own small cold box.
We have our share of very small dwellings, some connected, some not, here too. We also have a lot of area to expand our suburbs and chase out the wildlife.

Edited by QuiteContrary, 31 December 2012 - 10:48 PM.





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