Hurricane Sandy left many people without power for days. In fact, thousands are still literally in the dark at this time. Along with the litany of other issues this brings to the surface, one question that arises out of this blackout is what to do with the food in your fridge. Like all other major appliances, your kitchen refrigerator needs electricity to run. And without electricity, it has not been running. Your food has been sitting there un-chilled for days. This begs the question: how long can food last in the fridge without power? Do you have to toss it all? Can some of it be salvaged?
The first thing to remember–even though it seems like common sense–is to NEVER taste food to see if it is safe!
Keeping the doors to the fridge and freezer closed is vital to keeping food safe. When the power goes out, keep the doors closed and if you do have to open them, find what you are looking for quickly. This will keep the coolness in and the heat out, your food safer and your kitchen appliance working longer.
Generally, if the temperature in the freezer reads 40 degrees or below, the food is safe. Anything else should be tossed. Simple as that.
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