The power has gone out in your home, meaning the food in your fridge and freezer might be subject to spoilage. Most foods remain just fine so long as the outage does not last more than four hours and you are not constantly opening and shutting the appliance. If you are not sure what to keep and what to throw out following an outage or if you want to know how to prevent spoilage, review the following tips and tricks to ensure the next power issue in your home does not result in food poisoning.
The 40 Degrees F Rule
Let it be known: If perishable foods such as meat, dairy products, fish, and leftovers have been kept in temperatures above 40 degrees F for two hours or more, throw them out. Never, ever taste food to determine if it is safe or not, and throw away anything that