What is the ideal fridge temperature?
The ideal temperature is 4°C
A temperature of 4°C is ideal for keeping your food in your fridge. That's because most meats last longest at a temperature of 4°C. Most vegetables and fruits that you can keep in your fridge also take longer to expire at this temperature. If the fridge temperature is higher, fungi and bacteria can multiply more easily, which means your food goes bad faster. If you set the temperature lower than 4°C, you'll be wasting energy for no reason.
Measure the temperature
If your fridge doesn't feature digital temperature control, it might be hard to set it to 4°C. A special fridge thermometer offers a solution in this case. You can place or hang it in the fridge to measure the exact temperature. This way, you can easily find out if your fridge has the best temperature to store your groceries.
Different temperature zones
A fan or air holes in the back of the fridge strengthen the air circulation and ensure an even temperature. If your fridge doesn't have these features, the temperature varies in some places. In this case, the lower part of the fridge, right above the crisper drawer, is the coldest. This is the ideal spot to keep food that spoils quickly, such as chopped vegetables, or meat. In the crisper drawer, you can keep whole vegetables and fruit.