What to Throw Out

What to Throw Out

During power outages, food spoilage can be a serious problem when refrigerators and freezers lose power. Avoid spoilage and contracting food poisoning in your home by making sure foods stay properly refrigerated during a power outage. Once the power is restored follow these tips:

  • Check the temperature inside of your refrigerator and freezer. If it has risen to 45°F or higher, discard any potentially spoiled foods. Such foods include meat, poultry, fish, dairy and egg products, soft cheese, cooked beans, cooked rice, cooked potatoes, cooked pasta, potato salad, custard and pudding.
  • Allow time for the refrigerator to reach below 40°F before restocking
  • And of course, when in doubt, throw it out.
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