According to Whirlpool Corporation, the average U.S. home has a freezer capacity range of 10 to 22 cubic feet. For a typical family of four, 19-22 cubic feet is considered ideal.
Freezer storage is generally for longer term storage of perishable foods. In some cases, freezing is used to kill certain parasites, though it is important to remember that freezing won’t kill most other viral or bacterial Pathogens.
Commercial freezers, in their variety, must have external calibrated thermometers. If you are a stickler, and why shouldn’t you be where health is concerned, you can add check freezer temperatures to the list of kitchen chores, for you or a younger one. When freezing you should Avoid Freezer Burn by properly wrapping foods.
Some general tips to keep in mind when freezing:
- Frozen food must be stored to assure cold air circulation on all sides.
- Don't store food directly on the freezer floor. This is primarily directed to commercial walk in freezers, but still applicable at home.
- Thaw Frozen Food Safely in the refrigerator or under cool running water. Never thaw at room temperature, with your food in The Food Danger Zone.