Post by applecrisp1 on Oct 28, 2018 11:15:39 GMT -5
My apartment building is doing some electrical work this week so there won't be power for approx 6 hours. I read somewhere that food is good for 4 hours or so if fridge closed etc. I am definitely one of those that is super cautious (translated one that is more likely to toss food even if just a possibility it could be bad). Grrr
I don't have that much in the fridge --- but I'm thinking I will need to toss my milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, salad dressings and ...... Hopeful they will have the work done faster, perhaps they are giving the 6 hour time frame as the max.
If I had any frozen yogurt in the freezer, I'll be eating some right now -- you know for planning ahead. : )
Will I be left with my bottle of soy sauce, Worcestershire, mustard and ,,, ?
Post by traildoggie on Oct 28, 2018 12:11:15 GMT -5
If you don't open the refrigerator during the power out, everything should be fine. If you know when the power out is happening, take out what you need before. ice cream in the freezer might get a little soft but if you don't open the door, it will firm up and be fine. everything inside is cold. if you don't open the door, it should stay cold enough not to be worrisome. when we travel we put half gallon frozen water in a cooler, and don't open it. you could do that to keep the frig cooler. no clue where you live and if its hot this time of year.
Post by swedishcook on Oct 28, 2018 13:54:18 GMT -5
Here is info that I have saved regarding food safety if power goes out: Move food you won't eat soon from fridge to freezer. A closed refrigerator stays cold for about 4 hours. A half full freezer can keep its temperature 24 hours and a full freezer twice that long. Add dry ice or block ice to freezer if you can. Once power is back on, you can refreeze food that still has ice crystals or stayed at 40 degrees or below.
Your condiments will be fine if power outage doesn't last for several days. I'm sure your dressing contains preservatives.
Would an ice filled cooler be better for the milk and eggs? If you don't own a cooler you have to calculate cost of cooler and ice versus cost of milk and eggs.
Post by applecrisp1 on Oct 29, 2018 13:59:31 GMT -5
Thx for the posts.
I don't have much in my freezer -- just a few bags of opened veggies, a few portions of soup and rice, some frozen pita .... Good thing no chicken/meat. Ironically a few days ago, I tossed in two containers filled with water to take up some room (since freezer runs more efficiently when not super empty). And, not that much in my fridge.
I'm just hoping that they will be done with the maintenance work sooner than they said. Perhaps they were just giving us the most amount of time it might take.
Drinking an iced coffee right now, so using up some milk. And dug into some chocolate -- oh wait that was in the kitchen cabinet, not the fridge. And might be creative with dinner to use a few odds and ends.
I will toss the milk if it takes that long. Funny thing is that I haven't bought bottled salad dressings in months -- but just opened two last week (I think both organic -- one a cucumber tzatziki (really good by the way) and the other a creamy feta). And I have some cheese and ..... Not sure what else if anything I might end up tossing, depends on how long the power is off.
Hi Mcgee --- It turned out they did the electrical update when I was away on vacation, so I have no idea how long the power was out. I didn't have much in the fridge since I was away -- and didn't toss anything.