[NAFEX] check your refrigerator temperature
road's end farm
organic101 at linkny.com
Mon Jan 23 10:48:01 EST 2006
On Jan 22, 2006, at 7:53 PM, tanis grif wrote:
> I wonder how many refrigerators average a temperature over 40 degrees?
They should be under 40º, ideally between 35º and 38º for general mixed
(I would say, 33º to 34º, except that most household refrigerators
won't hold that precise a temperature and if you try to keep them there
things will keep freezing in them, in my experience.) If the
refrigerator is over 40º all sorts of things will go bad in them much
faster than they ought to.
Vegetable drawers may run a little warmer; and in fact many vegetables
don't like to be that cold. But a refrigerator set at ideal temperature
for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant (mid 50's) is going to be not only be
much too warm for some other produce but would be seriously hazardous
for meat, milk, mayonnaise, etc. So they're not designed to run that
warm. However, it's a good idea to keep a thermometer in yours, and
check it once in a while; you might need to reset it. I find that mine
often needs readjustment with the seasons as the temperature in the
kitchen seems to affect proper setting.
Finger Lakes NY; zone 5 mostly
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