Keeping your freezer maintained is one of the best ways you can keep your freezer foods safe, and extend the life of your freezer. Here are a few ideas and ways to keep your freezer running in tip-top shape.
Keep the temperature at or below 0 degrees F.(-18 degrees C). This is the safe temperature for your freezer. One thing I do to help prevent loss when there are storms on the way and we think we might lose power is I turn my freezer down a little bit, so it is colder than usual and the food will not thaw as quickly.
Keep the temperature as constant as possible. This is a concern for freezers that are in locations where the temperature varies a lot, like a garage. Depending on the make and model of your freezer, you might be able to insulate your freezer to help minimize the temperature fluctuation. I recommend keeping your freezer in the basement, if you have one. This is usually the most consistently cool place in a house, so it actually helps your freezer not have to work so hard to stay cool.
Also something to note: if you do freezer cooking, let your meals cool on the counter or in the fridge before putting them in your freezer – especially if you’re adding more than a couple of meals at once. Adding too many warm meals can raise the temperature of your freezer… not good!
Put your freezer on top of a freezer pan, if your freezer is sitting on carpet. When we lived in our apartment, we left our freezer on the dining room, because that was the only room that could accommodate the big freezer without being in the way. If there had been a leak, it could have taken a lot longer to discover because the carpet would absorb the water at first. The other concern is that some freezers have ventilation at the bottom, so they should be slightly elevated so they can stay cool.
Defrosting your freezer on a regular basis helps your freezer work properly. Double-check your manual to see when your freezer’s manufacturer recommends defrosting your freezer.
That’s how we keep our freezer maintained, is there anything special you do to keep your freezer foods safe?