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Refrigerated items during power outage?

Power was just restored in our house after a 36 hour outage. We minimized opening refrigerator/freezer doors during that time, but it got into the 80s in the house yesterday. Any advice on whether I need to toss everything in the refrigerator, or can I keep most things besides meats and dairy products?

asked by Yiota over 6 years ago

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Maedl
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added over 6 years ago

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kimhw
added over 6 years ago

Use your thermometer. Open quickly and put the thermometer in for a few minutes. Over 50 and I would throw out any leftovers, milk, soft cheese and uncured meats. Over 55 and I would throw out all dairy all meats and dairy based condiments.

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ChefOno
added over 6 years ago

USDA guidelines:

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html

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