Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
The power went out, is the food in my refrigerator/freezer still o.k. to eat?
Rate This FAQ
Keep the freezer closed to keep the cold air in. A full freezer will stay at freezing temperatures for about 2 days; a half-full freezer about a day. If the power will be out for several days use dry ice to keep temperatures cold. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice should keep a 10 cubic-foot full freezer 3 to 4 days. If foods still contain ice crystal they should be safe and can be refrozen if they have started to thaw. Refrigerated items should be safe as long as power is out no more than a few hours. The best way to determine if foods are safe are use a thermometer in your refrigerator and freezer. If the temperature remained below 40 degrees during the power outage the food should be safe to eat.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- Is it safe to store food in their cans in the refrigerator?
- What is the effect of irradiation on food packaging, especially on p.v.c?
- Are the berries on a Lodense Privet poisonous?
- How do you read the code on canned goods to determine the expiration date?
- I just prepared chicken and spilled juices on the counter, how do I sanitize the countertop?
- How can I ensure that my drinking water is safe?
- When the calories are listed on a food product, is that "as is" being unprepared or is that prepared? For example, bacon might list a 2 slice portion at 100 calories?
- Is there a way to can something that has cooked eggs in it (like lemon curd) and store it safely, unrefridgerated, like bottled jam. (Not just storing it for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.)