If you lose power and your fridge shuts off for several hours, which foods are safe to keep?
I know milk, cream, meats and that sort of thing should be thrown out. How about cheese, dressing, beverages?
Use a digital thermometer to check temperatures of everything. Anything that has remained below 41 degrees is safe, no matter what it is.
Aged, hard cheese should be fine, most yogurt, sour cream, butter, and fresh cheese should be fine. Vegetables and fruits are stable in higher temperatures. Leftovers should be tossed. Juice might be o.k. depending on how long and how warm it got. Eggs should be fine. Condiments are fine except for mayonnaise. Many processed meats, especially items like ham, bacon, and smoked sausage will be fine.
Hope this helps.
Fruits and vegetables....dairy,meats,dressings,fish contaminate quickly..so dispose of them..soda, juices are usually ok..but must be used within 24 hours...
Unless you want a case of dysentery, may I suggest toss outs...however...another option :do what we did in the Hurricanes of 2004...got all meats and eatables and had a big Grillout for all family and friends/neighbors...everybody had something to contribute...
If the fridge wasn't opened during that time, chances are it never got below the 40 degree limit, and all of your food would be good. Most fridges can go several hours without power and still remain in that safe range. If the fridge door was opened, all bets are off, then you go to the advice of the other answers given here.
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