Adjusting the optimum temperature in your refrigerator

Properly adjusting the temperature in the refrigerator is important because different foods have the longest shelf life at different temperatures. It all depends on the product category, whether it is semi-finished goods or something fresh, meat, vegetables, cheeses or dairy products. Let’s take a closer look at what temperature to set in the fridge.


Meat products

– Meat – pork, beef and lamb – can be kept in the same conditions for approximately the same length of time. At an average refrigerator temperature of +6°C the shelf life is one day. But if the temperature is lowered to +2°C, the shelf life is three times longer.


– Stuffing – this product should be treated more vigilantly, because at a temperature of +6 ° C it can retain its freshness for up to 12 hours, and at a lower temperature of +2 ° C – up to a day.


– Sausages – the most temperature-sensitive are cooked sausages, which should be stored at +2°C to +4°C, and raw smoked sausages, which are stored at +5°C to +8°C. However, dried sausages can be stored at up to 15°C, and cooked-smoked sausages at up to 20°C.


Fish and seafood

– Fresh fish – fish products can only be stored for a short time and do not tolerate temperatures above zero. Shelf life depends on the type of fish, but usually at a neutral temperature of 0°C fish does not keep more than three days.


– Smoked fish – hot-smoked fish is also stored for no more than three days, but the permissible temperature is +2°C. If we are dealing with cold-smoked fish, the shelf life at 0°C can be up to two months.


Dairy products, cheeses

– Fresh milk – refers to the category of perishable products. At a refrigerator temperature of +4°C, you should store milk for no more than one day.


– Pasteurised milk – at the same +4°C temperature, the shelf life of pasteurised, boiled milk is up to 5 days.


– Butter – at temperatures up to 5°C, butter should not be kept in the refrigerator for more than 10 days.


– Hard cheese – at temperatures no higher than 0°C it can be kept for up to 5 months, but at positive temperatures of up to +10°C it should not be kept in the refrigerator for more than two weeks.



– Eggs – do not spoil for a long period in the refrigerator, but outside it should not be kept for long. At temperatures up to +6°C, they will keep their properties for up to a month.


– Quail eggs – will keep even longer, if you set the temperature in the fridge to +5°C, you can store such eggs for up to three months.


Fruits, berries and vegetables

– Fruit – many fruit are not suitable for long-term storage at temperatures above freezing, e.g. apples, pears, apricots or peaches. Citrus fruit, on the other hand, also do well at temperatures above 0°C.


– Berries – many berries, such as cranberries or watermelon, can be stored for a long time at temperatures as low as +6°C and can even be kept at room temperature outside the fridge.


– Vegetables – the most common vegetables in our latitudes can be stored at relatively high, although not room temperature, up to +10° or +16° C. These include potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes and others.


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