Storing meat and poultry in the freezer
"Keep the home freezer temperature at 0 degrees F (-18 C). At this temperature foods will keep their quality. At warmer temperatures, the color and texture of food changes. Keep a thermometer in the freezer to check the temperature. The 0 degrees F (-18 C) should be the temperature in the warmest part of the freezer. In order words, the temperature in the area near the door is probably going to change more than other parts because warm air enters when the door is opened. This is essentially true with an upright freezer. If this area is kept cold, then other areas will also be cold enough. See Home Economics Guides 4456 "Freezers - Selection" and 4457 "Freezers - Use and Care."--First paragraph.
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