No power? Which foods can be thrown out?

No power? Which food should be thrown out?

One thing people with no power or with power now but who lost it for an extended period of time have to worry about is whether it's safe to eat the food in your fridge.

The USDA's Food Safety experts recommend throwing away any food that has been in a refrigerator without power for more than 4 hours, which makes a majority of the food in your refrigerator no longer safe to eat.

That includes any meat, poultry, or seafood, as well as all dairy products like milk, yogurt, sour cream, and most cheeses.

Discard baked goods -- almost all of them contain dairy products or eggs.

Any frozen meals or casseroles that thawed out should be thrown out, but some things that thaw out can be refrozen.

Breakfast items like waffles, pancakes, and bagels can be refrozen.

You can refreeze fruit juices, but watch for any mold, sliminess, or a yeasty smell that indicates it started to ferment.

Items like flour, cornmeal, and nuts can all be refrozen.

 

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