and must not be re-frozen.
(See Hints and Tips)
Deep frozen or frozen food, prior to being used, can
be thawed in the fridge or at room temperature,
depending on the time available. Small food items may
even be cooked from frozen, in this case cooking will
Any frozen food which is allowed to thaw accidentally
should either be eaten as soon as possible, or thrown
away. Alternatively, if the food is uncooked and has not
been completely defrosted it can be cooked and then
Defrosted cooked food must never be
Hints & Tips
You may hear faint gurgling or bubbling sounds
when the refrigerant is pumped through the coils or
When the compressor is on, the refrigerant is being
pumped round and you will hear a whirring sound or
pulsating noise from the compressor.
A thermostat controls the compressor and you will
hear a faint `click' when the thermostat cuts in and
To obtain the best performance from your freezer:
Do not store warm food or evaporating liquid.
Avoid buying frozen food if you cannot store it
straight away. The use of an insulated container is
advisable. When you arrive home, place the frozen
food in the freezer immediately.
Do not push food together too much, try to allow air
to circulate around each item.
Do not store food uncovered.
Ensure that food placed in the freezer is dated and
labelled and used in date order to ensure that food
is consumed at its best.
Lean food keeps better and longer than fatty food,
salt reduces the storage time.
Wrap the food in polythene or aluminium freezing
bags or foil so that they adhere to the food and
provide an airtight seal.
Packaging which is swollen or has traces of
refrozen water droplets on the pack could indicate
that the product has not been kept at a suitable
temperature and that it may have lost its original
quality. Partially thawed food must not be
refrozen, it must be consumed within 24 hours.
Never exceed the storage times indicated by the
Do not install the appliance close to sources of
heat, such as a boiler or radiator.
Locate the appliance in a cool well ventilated
room and make sure that the air openings of the
appliance are not obstructed.
Avoid unnecessary frosting in the cabinet by
packing all foodstuffs into airtight packages
before placing them in the freezer.
Food which is to be frozen (when cool) should be
placed in the fridge before being transferred to
Try to avoid keeping the lid open for long periods
or opening the lid too frequently as warm air will
enter the cabinet and cause the compressor to
switch on unnecessarily often.
Ensure there are no obstructions preventing the
lid from closing properly.
If there is a power failure during the storage of
frozen foods, keep the lid closed. If the temperature
within your freezer should rise, do not refreeze the
food without checking its condition. The following
guidelines should assist you:
Once thawed should be
Fruits & Vegetables:
If soft should be cooked
and used up.
Breads & Cakes:
Can be refrozen without
Should be refrigerated
and used up quickly.
i.e. casseroles should be
refrigerated and used up.
Large Pieces of Meat:
Can be refrozen
providing there are still
ice crystals remaining
Should be cooked and
can then be refrozen as
Should also be cooked
and refrozen as a fresh