40L engel fridge freezer

Hi All,

We currently have a small vintage caravan which has a 50l fridge with a small freezer compartment.

When we camp for a week we have to keep going to the supermarket to get meat every couple of days due to the size of the freezer. What I want to do is use the normal fridge for a fridge and buy an approx 40L engel and use it soley as a freezer.

Are there any of you out there who run there's as just a freezer and what temps do they work at. Would meat stay frozen for approx 4 days.

Thanks in advance for you replies.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:47

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:47
It would be cheaper to buy a vacuum sealing machine!

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:50

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:50
Or the butcher will do it for you as well
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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:56

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 14:56
I regularly use a 40 litre Engel as a freezer.
My wife has kept frozen meat in it for months – no different to a normal household freezer.
I usually run it between -10 and -20 degrees.
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 15:28

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 15:28
We don't have an Engel, but the principle is the same with our no-brand 55 litre with a Danfoss compressor.

We run it as a freezer at minus 20 when on 240 or when driving, and when camped we set it at minus 10 to conserve power. We have no problems storing frozen stuff for as long as we want.

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Reply By: Roachie.kadina.sa.au - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:07

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:07
I agree with the others. Crank the Engel up to near maximum and it will freeze stuff nicely.

The only other thing I would add is that is a good idea to ensure the freezer is virtually full all the time. They tend to run harder (ie: use more power) if they don't have much stuff in them. So if you start to run low on frozen food, start adding bottled water or similar to take up the air space inside.

Roachie
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Reply By: garrycol - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:35

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:35
I would have thought that meat if bought soon after it is packed at the supermarket will last for more than 4 days in a fridge with a normal temp of below 5 degrees. When you are next in the supermarket check the use by date on the meat - is usually well more than 4 days.
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Reply By: Simon C7 - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:39

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 16:39
When we are camping....I used a 40 liter Engle as a freezer for 3 weeks at a time at around -13 to -15 degrees on 12 volt. No problems. If you do not have access to 240 volt...then you will need to think about power usage and keeping batteries charged.
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Reply By: Member - i'machocoholic - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 18:08

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 18:08
We travel for weeks on end with a 39 litre Engel on freeze. Coldest temp we get is -18. However at night we reduce temp to around -12 to save on power. We freeze bread and ice cream as well. Haven't had any troubles to date. I also cryovac my meat before freezing just in case as we are often travelling in remote areas. If something happens and I lose the ability to freeze at least the cryovac meat will last a while just in the fridge. It might be overkill but I don't want to lose >$100 of meat..
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:44

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:44
If you are happy to run your freezer at -12 at night then why not just run it at -12 all the time.
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Follow Up By: Member - i'machocoholic - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:47

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:47
I like my ice cream firm so keeping the temp extra cold during the day keeps it harder. If we didn't have ice cream I'd be happy to lower the temp.
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Reply By: Iza B - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:43

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 20:43
My 40 Litre Engel sits at Minus 20 Degrees C at its maximum cold setting.

At its normal fridge setting, Cryovac meat will last a good 6 weeks without any issues.

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:41

Saturday, Jan 03, 2015 at 21:41
Hi James

Is the soul purpose of freezing just to keep meat longer before it goes off????

I have used Engel fridges for over 20 years and usually run the fridge so the inside cabinet temperature sits around 0°. We have the butcher cryovac the meat and keep it at the bottom of the fridge, and it will last fresh well into the third week. Even milk that usually only has a 10 day life will last into the third week, with not sign of it going off.

The biggest thing that will make any food products go off is oxygen and warm temperatures. Yes the blood inside the cryovac bag will go a green colour with age, but the smell of the meat when taken from the bag is as fresh as the day the butcher put it in the bag.

The only thing that you must watch out for, is if the bag develops an air leak and slips, the plastic will not be firm over the meat and will be quite lose, and if that is the case, the meat will only last for a few days once that happens.

Give it a go of having your meat cryovaced and see the difference on just how long the meat will last.


Happy Camping.



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Reply By: Member - Tony F8 - Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:29

Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:29
0 deg celcius is the freezing point of water, I run my 40 Engel at -5, about 3.5 on the dial, never had a problem.
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Reply By: Shannon I - Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 22:02

Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 22:02
I have a 40L engel (cheaper plastic version). It nearly freezes everything even on the lowest setting (on 12 volt supply).

I have a 80L of another brand... Can't speak highly enough of the Engel.
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