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does it take a new freezer to get cold enough to freeze things?
If you are buying
a new freezer, and you want the delivery company to take your
old freezer away with them, it raises the question of what
to do with your frozen goods in the meantime and if you should
be making alternative arrangements to keep your frozen items
frozen while your new freezer works on getting cold enough
to freeze things.
Depending on the
type and size of your freezer, it generally takes anywhere
from 12-24 hours for your freezer to become cold enough to
keep food frozen. A good way to test this is to put an ice
cube tray with fresh water into the freezer - when the ice
cubes are frozen, it is cold enough to freeze your food properly.
Of course, you
also want to ensure you leave the freezer door shut as much
as possible, so cold air doesn't escape. So resist the temptation
to check it every hour from the moment you plug it in. Wait
at least 6 hours before you take your first peek, but a good
time frame to expect is 12-24 hours.
If you have food
you need to keep frozen in the meantime, a good ice chest
or cooler with some blocks of ice will usually be sufficient
to kee everything cold - just don't leave it in the sun or
any other warm spot. And again, try not to open the cooler
frequently, as this will also mean the ice will melt faster.
You could also try and check with neighbors to see if they
have freezer space they will alllow you to use. And if it
is an expected purchase, try and plan your meals in the days
and weeks leading up to delivery day by using food out of
the freezer, so there is less food to store and move.