FOOD, WHEN THE POWER IS OUT

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“Food, When the Power is Out”

Unfortunately, not everyone has a generator to be able to avoid the loss of food.

Last year a friend of mine, lost power and was out for a couple of days. About a week later two of the kids had to be taken to the hospital with severe stomach cramps. Their stomachs had to be pumped.

It turns out it was as a result of food that was re-frozen after the power outage. Apparently, the food was cooked, but not completely and the bacteria caused the problem for the kids.

They all considered themselves very fortunate and they know, it could have been much worse.

When I read the article below, I wanted to make sure it had some exposure.  

 Power outages and food

No Power? Some Foods OK to Keep

By: Susan M. Selasky

 

Recent power outages, coupled with the extreme heat, prompted several reader calls to the Free Press Test Kitchen about whether food in refrigerators and freezers was safe to keep.

If your power was out just a few hours and you didn’t open the refrigerator or freezer, chances are the food is OK. A refrigerator should keep food cold for four hours and a half-full freezer 24 hours (48 hours if the freezer is full) if you don’t open the doors, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Here’s a clip-and-save checklist gleaned from www.fsis.usda.gov to have handy next time the power goes out.

  • Try not to open the refrigerator and freezer doors (doing so lets the cold air escape).
  • If you know the power will be out for an extended period, get ice or dry ice to keep foods cold.
  • Use a refrigerator-freezer thermometer to check the temperature.
  • In either the refrigerator or freezer, if the temperature is 40 degrees or below, the food is safe.
  • Check the packages. If food still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees or below when checked with a food thermometer, you can refreeze it.
  • Group foods together in the freezer to help them stay cold longer.
  • Keep food on ice in coolers.
  • Never taste food to determine whether it’s safe.

Foods to Toss

Bacteria growth can take place in these foods that have been above 40 degrees for two hours or more:

  • Meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, yogurt, eggs, leftovers, hot dogs, bacon, lunch meats, pizza, shredded cheeses, casseroles, pasta and pasta sauces.
  • Cream-based salad dressings, sauces and soups.
  • Opened mayonnaise, tartar sauce and horseradish.
  • Pasta salads with creamy or mayonnaise-based dressings.
  • Sour cream-based dips.
  • Fruits and vegetables that have become slimy or spoiled.

Foods to Keep

  • Condiments, such as ketchup, mustard, jelly, jams, soy sauce and bottled marinade. Typically these have high salt and sugar content that can act as a preservative.
  • Fresh bread and rolls.
  • Fruits and vegetables that show no signs of decay.

The best rule to follow: “When in doubt, throw it out.”

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Just toss it, weep, get over it.  It can be replaced, you and your family can't be!

Sue of Robin and Sue

July 28, 2012 03:29 PM
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Its always better to err on the side of caution rather than risk getting a raging case of food poisoning.

July 28, 2012 05:21 PM
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Joe, This is very good information and pertinent to our hot weather temperatures and thunderstorm power outages.

July 28, 2012 07:14 PM
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Joe, I was just Googling this week about refreezing something.  This is good information for us to keep handy. 

July 28, 2012 08:26 PM
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  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
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July 29, 2012 03:31 AM
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Joe.  I missed this one.  Kathy's weekly post brought me here.  Great info about bad food.

July 29, 2012 04:12 AM
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Joe - So sorry to hear about your friend's family, but glad they are okay.  This is a helpful list.  I'd rather be safe than sorry too.

July 29, 2012 04:25 AM
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Joe - this is an excellent post that ALL of us need/must pay attention to today. Thanks for sharing.

July 29, 2012 07:05 AM
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Better safe than sorry - thanks for sharing. Regards Dave

July 29, 2012 07:16 AM
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I am with the toss it out folks above. Why take a chance?

July 29, 2012 07:43 AM
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Very good advice, indeed. The most important thing is to just not open the fridge or freezer, even once. Our freezer keeps things frozen for a good four days if you don't open it, so in our outage in January we didn't lose a thing there. We even bought food to eat during the outage instead of getting food out of the fridge or freezer. Love the "when in doubt, throw it out". So true.

Gretchen

July 29, 2012 09:07 AM
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Hi Joe,

Absolutely the best advice..not worth it to take a chance! Food poisoning is not fun!!

July 29, 2012 09:57 AM
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Sandy Acevedo
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Hi Joe, this is a good list to keep. Aside from the possible dangers of eating spoiled food, it also "looks" very unappetizing.

July 29, 2012 12:06 PM
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Great post.  I don't have a generator and we've been looking to get one.  I put up a freezer full of veggies this summer and it would just break my heart to loose them.

July 29, 2012 01:33 PM
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Melissa Marro
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Great advice for everyone. Thank you for sharing!

July 29, 2012 01:40 PM
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Sharon Tara
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A good opportunity for a complete cleaning of the refrigerator!  I have started a new routine at my house....whenever we finish a milk or juice carton we fill it with water and freeze.  If the power goes out we will have blocks of ice.

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Thanks to Kathy for pointing me to this timely post about which food to toss in case of power outages.

Margaret

July 29, 2012 05:21 PM
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Better safe than sorry, is always the best plan of action. This is very helpful information.

July 29, 2012 06:53 PM
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This looks like a good reblog plus wise words to remember. We have lots of outages.
July 29, 2012 08:50 PM
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I'm one of the lucky ones with a generator backup, however I would not take a chance with food being defrosted under any conditions

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