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Fridge operating temp?

OK just had to replace my thermostat on my fridge and have replace it with a nice digital controller (I had it "spare" at the time)
But I can't find a definitive answer to what temp I should set it to.
I had it set to 4C and the fridge was cool certainly. But a quick google gives me answers from 1.7 - 3.3 all the way up to 6 deg.
So anybody actually KNOW?
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I have a colour coded thermometer in my fridge.  The green zone, for domestic refrigerators goes from 1º to 8ºC.
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The green (fridge) zone on my fridge/freezer thermometer is between 1 and 12oC...quite a range.
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I think that ideally  you need around 7 at the top and 2 at the bottom, unless you have the type of fridge which is coldest just below the top icebox - in which case I don't know  Crazy
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Fresh meat should be stored between 0 and 4°C (supermarket packs are often marked as such).  This is typically the temperature at the bottom (coldest) part of the refrigerator. Roberto0151's answer seems correct to me.
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Re: Fridge operating temp?

So we have a range from 0 to 12! deg ?
It is a larder fridge so no ice box.
I will run it at 3 and see how I get on.
Looks like it also depends on where the probe is (ohh err mrs!)
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Mine has been set to 2 degrees C from the day I bought it (7 years ago)
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commercial premises... like tea rooms and cafes have to abide by the Food Safety Standards...  As I understand it... a "normal" fridge, where you keep "fresh" food... Milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yoghurts and cooked meats, like sliced ham, beef, chicken, turkey, etc... should be no higher than 5 Degs C....

http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/campaigns/germwatch/science-fsw/fridge-temperatures
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Assuming it's a waterproof probe - placing it in a glass of water will give a more stable reading, overcoming the hysteresis of the thermostat and the door being opened and shut.
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I recall seeing on packs of French cheese with multilingual labelling that the English advice is to store at 5 Deg.C while the advice in French shows 7 Deg. 
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I have a digital thermometer with a 2 probes that I can put in different places in the fridge to check the temp after the door has been closed for a while.
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Temperatures vary within the various levels of the fridge. You want to avoid freezing stuff as this causes damage to salad material, but keep meat products below 5C.
Probably more important is avoiding liquids from meat dripping on to cooked food or other food which will be consumed raw. Also avoid contact from salad/vegetables with raw/cooked food.
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Why then do they have the salad bay at the BOTTOM i.e. the coldest part of the fridge?
Probes been in for about an hour now, will see what they say when I make lunch.
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I keep my fridge set at the mid point in the green zone on my thermometer and it seems to cause me no problems.  Of course with a fridge thermometer you rely on them being accurate Wink