Do you store food in your cottage fridge over the winter?
New refrigerators have the temperature control located inside the fridge compartment. So, when the temperature outside the fridge gets lower than the inside, the compressor shuts off. This means that the freezer section is no longer being cooled either and therefore it will warm up until it matches the temperature outside of the fridge. In order to prevent spoilage, do not store food in the freezer compartment of your fridge if you leave your cottage unheated over the winter.