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How to Convert a Wine Cooler to a Vegetable Cooler

Updated April 17, 2017

Wine seems to be the best choice for every meal these days with cooking at the forefront of our minds. With this sudden rush of the gastronomic world into everyday life, more and more utensils and cookware are being made. Along with these utensils come appliances such as wine coolers. It can be pretty expensive to have a cooler just for wines, but you can convert the cooler to store vegetables as well.

Lower the temperature of the cooler. Wine coolers don't work like refrigerators; they are more humid and have different temperature settings to preserve wine. Vegetables need lower temperatures to stay in perfect condition.

Put the vegetables in plastic bags. The bags must have an easy-closing feature because of humidity issues. In wine coolers, humidity is an important element to preserve the wine's bright conditions. Vegetables, on the other hand, deteriorate with excess humidity.

Place dry ice inside the cooler. The cooler cannot generate a powerful freezing effect, but it can retain the cold more easily. Placing three medium-sized bags of dry ice inside the cooler will do just fine to lower the temperature a bit more.

Change the dark door to a transparent one. Wine coolers tend to have a dark door to prevent light from touching the wine bottles. Direct light changes the flavour of the wines, turning them tasteless, and, in some cases, rough. Vegetables are preserved better when there is some light to brighten them.

Warning

The temperature of some coolers can be lowered as much as a normal refrigerator, but this doesn't mean you have to lower to the bottom setting. In a scale from 1 to 10, the setting should be 5 because as temperature goes down humidity also increases. Beware of normal plastic bags. They don't offer much security against humidity. Don't place the vegetables inside without any cover. Humidity will do its work and rot them.

Things You'll Need

  • Wine cooler
  • Transparent plastic bags with an easy-closing feature
  • Dry ice
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About the Author

Manuel Páucar (Lima, 1978), is the author of "Chronicles of the Exile," a popular column in the Hispanic market. In his 18 years as a writer, he's published four books and received several awards, including a special recognition from the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Páucar attended the Andes Chef School in 1999, and studied theater arts at CTL Institute in 1998.