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Old 03-31-2008, 09:12 AM   #1
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What temp do you set your freezer to?

We have a very large (and very full!) chest freezer. My husband just fixed it, he had splashed some salt water into the digital pad on the top about 2 years ago, and it was running constantly.... I won't tell you what that did to our electric bill. I don't know why we waited so long to find the problem and get it fixed.
Anyway, the temp in there was at about -15 or -20, so its not going to come up much anytime soon, but I can't even remember what it should be set to. I say 0, he says 10 above.

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Old 03-31-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Right or wrong...I keep mine at 0*
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Oh would have to say you are certainly right :)
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:21 AM   #4
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As long as it is set below freezing then you are all set. Also no not forget that the more full the freezer is the more efficient it is. If it is only partially full then Put some bags of ice or bottles of water or something in there to take up some space.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:23 AM   #5
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I keep mine at a below zero temperature - around 10 below. Colder temperatures are better for long term storage. The freezer on top of (or beside or under) your fridge needs to be about zero.
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Old 03-31-2008, 09:23 AM   #6
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LOL I'd say it's full. I am not allowed to buy any more turkeys when they go on sale. He found 4 whole ones and a breast. 2 hams. More pizzas than i care to admit to.....
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:23 AM   #7
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At least at 0F and lower if possible, depending on your freezer. The lower the temperature the better the longevity and protection of your food. Refrigerators should be below 40F but above freezing (32F)

Incorrect or inconsistent storage temperature can cause changes in taste, texture, appearance, nutrient content, and safety of the foods consumed. All food has bacteria. Refrigerators slow down bacterial growth. Freezers stop growth. It is important to note that freezers do not kill bacteria. When the food is thawed, the bacteria will resume growth.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:22 PM   #8
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Yes, I also keep both the frigde's freezer and the chest freezer set a 0. 0 or below, like some of you said, IS the ideal temp for peace of mind and extra insurance against sood spoilage.

To be sure, I keep a thrmometer in both.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:25 PM   #9
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i went down and snuck the temp to -5. if he has a prob with it i'll just throw him in there too!!!
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:14 PM   #10
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i went down and snuck the temp to -5. if he has a prob with it i'll just throw him in there too!!!


Haha!!

I love your two comments - this one and the one above where you say that you have 4 turkeys stored in the freezer! It made me laugh and it was so entertaining!

Yeah, mine is full also. Last weekend, I DID HOWEVER, managage to cram two racks of babyback ribs, a fresh shoulder and ten drumsticks into both freezers.

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Now there DEFINITELY IS NO ROOM for anything else. I know how it is. I have to stay away from the meat section. Seems that's what I keep most of in the freezers.
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