Kung Fu Maintenance discusses ideal temperatures for freezers and fridges plus best settings for refrigerators what should be at. IceScream YouScream We’ll all scream about bad ice cream.
I thought I’d show you my fridge and freezer thermometer, here. Not the easiest thing, necessarily, to read, but it does do the job. Turning it just right, you could see, right in the middle, it kind of blocks out the black line. But you’re really looking for the black line, right in the center.
This one, in my freezer, is showing about negative 5 Celsius and at about 18 degrees Fahrenheit. I’ve actually had it out of the freezer for a while, so that’s not a good temperature.
But I figured I’d also show you this. And this takes a while to adjust, so you’ll really have to close it in the freezer and leave it for a while or in the fridge for a while. But I thought it’d give a good opportunity to also go over your ideal settings for your freezer.
You really want to leave your freezer at factory settings, which is the center here. You don’t really want to adjust these for the cold and ant the coldest. I tell you, from experience, a lot of times you’ll get too much ice freezing up, and then blockage and all sorts of stuff.
And as much as possible– I’m using this fridge for storage– but you also want to keep your dial in the fridge down where the factory settings are, which is usually about 5. Of course, if you’re experience is something different, do what you’ve got to do and set it there.
But using a thermometer is a good way to go to get temperatures. For a freezer, you’re looking for 0 degrees plus or minus 4 degrees. So negative 4 or positive 4, anywhere in there, you’re good. And for a refrigerator, you’re looking for 40 degrees plus or minus 5 degrees, maybe even plus or minus 7 degrees.
Showing anything way off from there, you’ve got a problem. Water freezes at 32 degrees. The only thing that doesn’t freeze– or one of the only things that doesn’t freeze, I should say, because, obviously, freon and refrigerant has different freezing and boiling temperatures. But that’s a whole other story.
Water freezes at 32 degrees. The only thing that doesn’t freeze, food items. And again, I stand corrected. There’s other things that don’t freeze. But the main thing that doesn’t freeze at 32 degrees is ice cream. Ice cream probably freezes somewhere around 15 degrees, 17 degrees, someone in there, or 12 degrees. It’s probably dependent on the brand of ice cream that you’re getting.
So if your ice cream is getting soft, then your freezer temperatures may be off. And that may be a time to use a freezer thermometer to be able to show what your temperatures are. Again, you’re looking for 0 degrees plus or minus 4 degrees.