When it comes to a safe temperature at which to keep your food cold, the FDA recommends you keep your refrigerator’s temperature at or below 40° F (4° C), and the temperature for your freezer at 0° F (-18° C). However, you should actually keep your refrigerator between 35° and 38°F (or 1.7 to 3.3°C). This temperature ensures your food stays as cold as it can possibly be without freezing.
With some appliances, though, it may be difficult or even impossible for you to tell the exact temperature of your refrigerator and/or your freezer. Here are some tips for how to keep your refrigerator and freezer at the recommended temperatures so as to prevent bacterial growth and potential food poisoning.
And, if you suspect your refrigerator or freezer is on the fritz, you may need to call in a professional to take a look. Give Top Shelf Appliance a call at (253) 444-4786, or drop us a line on our website via our contact form, and we’ll set you up with the next available appointment to take a look.
Invest in a Refrigerator Thermometer
A refrigerator thermometer can answer questions about your refrigerator that you never even knew you had. For instance, did you know your crisper drawer may be a significantly different temperature from the temperature of the rest of the fridge?
With a refrigerator thermometer, you can better store your food by knowing which areas in your fridge are “hot spots” where food is more likely to warm up quickly. You can also use this to your advantage when you’re trying to thaw out food from the freezer.
Keep Your Refrigerator Full
If your refrigerator doesn’t seem to be running as efficiently as it used to, the reason may actually be that it is not full enough. There’s a delicate balance you have to strike, though, between overfilling your fridge and making sure it’s just full enough.
The refrigerator’s temperature can stay constant and keep your food cool the fuller it and its drawers are. If, however, you live alone, and you simply can’t eat all the food it would take to fill up your fridge to the capacity necessary, you can always fill it with bottles of water to eat up some of the space.
Ideally, you want your refrigerator to be full, but not so full that it impacts the airflow within the fridge. A fridge that’s too full can backfire and cause food to go bad because it cannot receive the proper amount of cooling airflow. Plus, if it’s too full you can block the vents, which can not only cause issues with temperature but also with moisture buildup in your fridge.
Keep the Door Closed
Not to sound like your parents, but it’s true – the less often you open your refrigerator and freezer doors, the cooler they will stay. Ideally, you should have an idea of what you’re going to need to take out of your fridge or freezer before you open it. That way, you can just go in, get what you need, and get out.
The less room-temperature air you allow into the fridge, the less the fridge will warm up, and the cooler your food will stay.
Be Careful with Door Storage
You must be careful with the food items you choose to store in the door of your fridge. You should not put any items on the door that are especially vulnerable to spoilage. For instance, you may notice that milk and eggs you store in the door have a significantly shorter shelf life.
You can still use the butter door for butter because the door actually helps butter stay at a more desired temperature. You should stock your fridge thusly: meats on the bottom shelf toward the back of the fridge, condiments (ketchup, mustard, etc.) in the door, and everything else where you can find a spot for it within the fridge.
Need a Refrigerator or Freezer Repair? Don’t Hesitate to Call Top Shelf Appliance!
You should seek immediate assistance if you suspect an issue with your refrigerator or freezer. You definitely don’t want to risk food poisoning or even just spoilage with a refrigerator or freezer that isn’t properly doing its job.
Therefore, if you need help with your refrigerator or freezer, don’t hesitate to give our team at Top Shelf Appliance a call. We have over a decade of experience working with all makes and models of all kinds of appliances – not just refrigerators!
Give us a call at (253) 444-4786 or submit your information to us via our online contact form, and we’ll be glad to check on your refrigerator and get it back to working order in no time. So, don’t delay – call Top Shelf today!