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How cold should a deep freezer be?

El Puerco Mar 26, 2007 02:27 PM

I think fridges should be around 38F, freezers 28F, but what about deep freezers?

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    nyfoodjoe RE: El Puerco Mar 26, 2007 02:32 PM

    I have always been told that minus 10 is ideal...not all freezers get that cold though, so I think next best would be 0

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      nyfoodjoe RE: nyfoodjoe Mar 26, 2007 02:34 PM

      you know, I mis-read you question....I do not believe any freezer should be 28 degrees....too warm...you could not keep ice cream hard enough...and what is the difference between a freezer and a deep freezer??

    2. JMF RE: El Puerco Mar 26, 2007 09:34 PM

      Fridge should be 35-38F
      Freezer 0 to 5F
      Chest freezer -5F to -10F

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        El Puerco RE: JMF Mar 28, 2007 12:05 PM

        Pardon my faulty conversion. I read that a freezer should be about -2F. 28F is about -2C. My freezer is about -3F. My chest freezer is below -20F and I've been slowly raising it for days.

        I can't dispute JMFs info, but what's the source of it?

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          jlawrence01 RE: El Puerco Mar 29, 2007 06:56 AM

          0F has generally the standard freezer temperature in any kitchen that I have ever worked in. I know it was the standard in military kitchens also.

          28F will yield very soft ice cream. Also, if you keep going in and out of a 28F freezer, there will probably be some thawing in the warmest segments of the freezer.

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