What temperature should my fridge and freezer be? | The Sun

THE cost of living crisis has made it essential for home owners to save as much money as possible on their electricity bills.

Here are tips on how you can adjust the temperatures of your fridge and freezer in order to save costs.

What temperature should my fridge be?

The ideal temperature for your fridge is between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius.

If you are changing the temperature of your fridge, beware that it will take up to 24 hours for it to settle to the change.

We suggest that you change the temperature a day before you do a big food shop so that the new products you buy are not affected by it.

Having your fridge at a good temperature is not the only thing you need to consider to make sure your food stays fresh.


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You should also think about where food should be placed, and be careful not to overfill your fridge.

What temperature should my freezer be?

Your freezer should be set at -18 degrees Celsius.

Although keeping foods in the freezer makes them last longer, some think it will stop bacteria from growing.

However, this only slows the process down.

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Bacteria will still grow, but at a slower rate, and the longer you keep food in the freezer, the more its quality decreases.

Tenderness, flavour, juiciness and colour will all be affected.

When you cook the food, you might notice that it is not as tasty as you thought it would be.

How can I check what temperature my fridge is?

If you have a modern fridge, it will have a numerical dial which shows number from one to five.

These represent the fridge's power – the number five being the coldest – and the higher the power, the more energy you fridge is using.

If you want to measure the exact temperature of your fridge, place a thermometer in a glass of water and put in the middle shelf.

Leave it there overnight and in the morning it should show the exact temperature that your fridge is at.

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