How Cold Should a Refrigerator Be?

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How Cold Should a Refrigerator Be?
Proper storage in the refrigerator keeps food safe. (réfrigérateur image by dead_account from Fotolia.com)

According to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, keeping the interior of the refrigerator below 4.44 degrees Celsius slows the growth of bacteria that causes foods to spoil. This keeps perishable items fresh and safe to eat for longer periods of time.

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Set your refrigerator on the normal setting. Test the internal temperature of the refrigerator by placing a candy thermometer in a glass of water and sitting in the middle of your refrigerator. Allow to set for 5 to 8 hours. The University of Illinois Extension explains that the temperature of the water should read between 3.33 to 4.44 degrees Celsius for safe food storage.

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