Food Safety During a Power Outage
Jun. 17, 2014
With severe weather season coming up, I found some great tips on how to handle food safely during a power outage. It would be unfortunate to throw food away after a power outage because that is money being thrown away. Best tip is to not open the refrigerator or open it as little as possible. Put foods in the freezer so they stay colder longer. Group your foods together in the freezer so they stay colder.
A full freezer can keep food cold for 48 hours. If the freezer is not full, then plan on only 24 hours. According to the USDA, if the refrigerator has gone without power for more than 4 hours, food like eggs, meat, and cheese need to be thrown out. For more tips on food safety and how to check if your food is safe after a power outage go to "A Consumer's Guide to Food Safety." Having this information can hopefully help from throwing food away that can be saved or making a decision to throw something away that is questionable. Have a HOPtastic day!!!
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