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Old 12-27-2013, 06:13 AM   #21
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ahh... I'm sure that aided in mine, too. I had a frost build up on the shelves.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:32 AM   #22
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In the book that came with my freezer it says that food will stay frozen in an upright freezer for 24 hours and in a chest freezer for 4 days.

If anything has thawed to a significant degree don't re-freeze it unless you cook it or reheat it thoroughly first. That's a generalisation of course - not everything will cook or reheat successfully or might be dangerous to re-freeze - eg don't re-freeze thawed ice cream and I'd throw away any thawed rice to be on the safe side. Be careful, too, with any meat that has a disproportionately large surface area to the size of the individual piece, such as minced/ground meat, as deterioration affects the surface of the meat first.

(Incidentally, we've kept our chest freezers in a detached brick built garage for 40 years and had no problems with it and my cousins kept theirs in a wooden lean-to shed in the garden with no problems. It seems weird to me that if the temperature drops below a certain temp - 10C/50F? - the freezer will defrost but, then, I'm not a refrigeration engineer).
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