Preparing for Power Outage
You can do a few things to help prepare for power outages so you won't have a food safety problem.
During Power Outage
Following these steps will help keep food safe during power outages or when the freezer or refrigerator is not working:
After Power Outage
NEVER taste a food to determine its safety.When the freezer is operating again, use these guidelines to decide what to do with foods that were stored in the freezer:
When the refrigerator is operating again, use these guidelines to decide what to do with foods that were stored in the refrigerator:
Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, relishes, piquant sauce, oil and vinegar-based salad dressings, Worcestershire sauce and steak sauces should be fine. The acid in them is a natural preservative. Jams, jellies, preserves and syrups are all right, too, because sugar is a preservative. Check for mold growth. Discard opened mayonnaise, horseradish and tartar sauce if held above 50o F for more than 8 hours.
Discard milk, cream, sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese, soy milk and eggs if held above 40o F for more than 2 hours. Whole fresh fruits, dried fruits, opened fruit juices and fresh vegetables are safe as long as they're still firm and there's no evidence of mold, a yeasty smell or sliminess, but discard cut fruits; precut, prewashed packaged greens and opened vegetable juices if held above 40o F for more than 2 hours.
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