refrigerator has one main purpose: to keep your food cold. If your
refrigerator fails to keep your food at an adequate temperature, the
consequences could be worse than a mushy avocado or an unrefreshing
glass of water.
illnesses hospitalize hundreds of thousands of people every year, and
many cases are caused by improper food storage. Read below to find out
everything you need to know about keeping your food and drinks cold,
refreshing, and most importantly: safe.
best temperature to keep your refrigerator at is between 34-38°
Fahrenheit. Anything lower than 32° and your food will start to
freeze, anything higher than 40° and bacteria growth rates begin to
spike. Anywhere between 32 and 40 is fine, but 34-38° is a happy
How to Monitor Your
the newer, more upscale refrigerator models come with a digital
thermometer and thermostat to set your preference to an exact degree.
Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to own one of these, so
the only way to reliably measure the temperature of your
refrigerator’s interior is with a fridge thermometer (pictured above). Make
sure to keep the thermometer on the middle shelf, as the temperature
inside of your refrigerator can vary and this will give you the most accurate reading.
Tips for Keeping a
the following tips to consistently keep your refrigerator at the
the amount of times you open the refrigerator door throughout the
keeping the refrigerator door open for long periods of time.
your refrigerator well-stocked, it will retain its temperature
better when the door is open.
sure your the seal on the door isn’t ripped or broken. If it is, cold air can escape even when the door is shut.
notice that your refrigerator is failing to keep a cold, consistent
temperature, it could be due to mechanical failure. Before you scrap
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temperature of your refrigerator is important. It not only impacts
how refreshing your beverages are, but also how long your food stays
fresh. This article explains what the ideal temperature is for your
refrigerator, as well as how to keep it at that temperature.
Best temperature for
the temperature in your refrigerator should range from 35-38° F.
Anything lower than 35° and you risk freezing your foods and liquids
(milk slushy, anyone?). If you go higher than 38°, you approach what
some experts call “The Danger Zone”. At 40° and above, the
Danger Zone is the temperature range where bacteria growth rates
How to maintain your
refrigerators have a programmable thermostat which allows the owner
to select the temperature they prefer. However, many of these
thermostats use a “1-10” or “cold-coldest” scale instead of
indicating the exact temperature.
your refrigerator’s thermostat doesn’t have a precise temperature
setting, how can you be for certain that your food isn’t in the
danger zone? There is only one way to be 100% sure, and that is to
buy a refrigerator thermometer.
buy a refrigerator thermometer and closely monitor it, you will
notice that the temperature fluctuates throughout the day, which is
not good for you food. To keep your refrigerator’s temperature as
stable as possible, use the following tips:
your refrigerator’s seal strength by closing the door on a dollar
bill. If you can easily slide it up and down or remove it, your seal
is weak and could be allowing cold air to escape.
your refrigerator well stocked. A fridge full of food maintains its
temperature better when the door is opened than an empty fridge.
Avoid over-stuffing it, however because a fridge that is too full
will restrict air circulation and lead to warm spots.
Minimize how many times you open your refrigerator. If you are
preparing a meal that calls for several refrigerated items, take
them all out in one trip and do the same when you put them back.
Let hot food cool down before you put it in the refrigerator.
Putting in food that is still warm can heat up the food around it,
and the entire refrigerator.
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