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Mar 26, 2007 02:27 PM

How cold should a deep freezer be?

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: nyfoodjoe

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

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

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      1. re: JMF

        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?

        1. re: El Puerco

          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.