You know that feeling when a storm is coming and you are hoping your power will hold on and all of sudden the house goes dark. Most times it is a quick blink and everything comes back on, but what about those times it is not? You immediately go for your flashlights, candles, cell phones and anything else that will help you be able to see in the dark.
An often forgotten thought until it is too late is perishable food in your fridge. It will be fine for a few hours of course but what if the power outage lasts longer? Do you know how to decide what will be safe to eat and what needs to be thrown away? Also there are things you can do in the event of a power outage to help sustain the life of the food in your fridge.
- The USDA recommends that in the event of extreme weather coming to lower your freezer temperature to 0 degrees Fahrenheit and your refrigerator temperature to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep track of how long you are without power so you know how long any perishables have been subject to spoiling.
- If you keep your freezer fully packed the chances of food lasting doubles. If you do not have enough to fill it with you can always put some water bottles in which will also act as coolers once frozen.
- Pack yourself a cooler. Have cold food and drink ready to go in the event you lose power.
Once the power does go out Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to prolong the life of your food. This is why we recommend packing a cooler before hand. Each time you open the doors the temperature drops and the food will go bad faster.
Foodsafety.gov has a guide that will help you know what you can keep and what should be discarded after a power outage. If you aren’t sure even with this guide on some items it is better to be safe than sorry and just throw the items out.