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Old 16-09-2017, 12:52   #1
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Freezer temp

I know it is recommended to have freezer temp below zero. I use a lot of energy to keep it there. Would it save much energy to set at 10 degrees?
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Re: Freezer temp

Yes you will save lots of power . Turn the stat up and see how it does for a week or two. I'm sure you will love the results on power usage , and 10f is still plenty cold to keep ice cream hard.
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Re: Freezer temp

You may save energy turning down your freezer temp, but you are risking both your stored food and your safety.

If you are only storing food for 10-14 days, you may be okay at 10 degrees F. Most long term stored food requires temperatures below 0 degrees F.

Depending on the food, damage to texture, taste and color can occur at elevated temperatures. Bacteria can flourish at temperatures below freezing.

Here is a FDA recommendation for home stored frozen foods. Commercial cold storage requirements are far more stringent.

https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/R.../ucm109315.pdf
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For a more detailed discussion on long term refrigerated food storage, here are the ASHRAE recommendations:

http://ftp.demec.ufpr.br/disciplinas...0_R02_10SI.pdf
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Thanks tons. I head offshore to Mexico each winter from San Diego. Most food items need to be consumed before reaching Cabo San Lucas because of import restrictions. I think I'll try 10 degrees for the week or two it takes to get there (I'll turn in back down in Puerto Vallarta as I will be in a slip.). If it kills me I'll report back.
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Re: Freezer temp

For a week no issue at all
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Thanks tons. I head offshore to Mexico each winter from San Diego. Most food items need to be consumed before reaching Cabo San Lucas because of import restrictions. I think I'll try 10 degrees for the week or two it takes to get there (I'll turn in back down in Puerto Vallarta as I will be in a slip.). If it kills me I'll report back.
If it does kill you yes please report back I have so many questions as to how your experience on the other side compares to mine
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