With the threat of a blizzard or any other bad storm, it’s important to think about ways to stay safe and comfortable in the event you lose power. To keep your food safe during the storm, follow this advice by the Food and Drug Administration and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as offered by our Nutrition and You! blogger, Joan Salge Blake. Next
Before the power goes out:
Use the thermometer to make sure that your refrigerator is set at 40 degrees F. Above this temperature, pathogens, which cause foodborne illness, grow more rapidly. Make sure that your milk and eggs are stored in the back of your refrigerator, rather than on the door, to keep them colder longer. The temperature of the refrigerator door is typically higher due to its constant opening and closing. Next
Should the power go out
Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer unnecessarily. The longer the doors are closed, the longer the food will remain at a cold temperature.
If your power is restored within four hours, the items in the refrigerator should be safe to eat if you don't constantly open it.
A freezer that is stuffed full will stay at freezing temperatures for two days if the door remains closed. A half-full freezer will stay at freezing temperatures for one day if the door remains closed. Next
Once the power is restored
When your power is restored, check the temperature inside of your refrigerator freezer. If it is reads 40 degrees or below, the food is safe and can be refrozen.
Wait until the temperature of the refrigerator drops to 40 degrees or below before you restock it. Lastly, when in doubt, throw it out.
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