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Recommended Temperature for Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator's temperature can be set however you like. However, certain temperatures are recommended for normal use, to keep food from spoiling or ice cream from getting too frozen. Learn about recommended temperature settings for your fridge and freezer.

Recommended Settings

On most models, the ideal temperature for the refrigerator is 38 degrees Fahrenheit. For the freezer, the ideal temperature is -2 degrees Fahrenheit. Some models may have different recommendations in their user manual or on their control panel.

Some models display the temperature using bars. On these models, three lit bars is the recommended setting for both compartments.

The USDA Food Safety Information guide states that refrigerated food should be kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and frozen food below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The only reason to set temperatures higher is to save energy when you're not storing food in the refrigerator.

Adjust the Temperature

To adjust the temperature on a model without a touch screen, touch Fridge or Freezer repeatedly until you reach the desired setting.

On models with a touch screen, change the temperature in the menu. On Family Hub fridges, the temperature can be adjusted using the Fridge Manager app.

Ice Cream is Too Soft or Hard

Unlike most foods, the freezing point of ice cream is very close to the temperature setting on your freezer. The exact temperature it freezes at varies, based on fat and sugar content.

To get ice cream the way you like it, adjust your freezer's temperature colder if you want harder ice cream, and warmer if you want softer. Another trick for softer ice cream is to put plastic wrap over the opening of the container before on putting the lid.

Finally, make sure you do not store ice cream near the door where warm air will hit it every time you open the freezer. When ice cream melts and refreezes, it loses its creamy texture and does not taste as good.

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