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Old 04-05-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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Question Food in the fridge still okay?

Our power went out for about 4 hours today. I left the doors closed the entire time but have no thermometers in either the fridge or freezer. Do I need to throw anything out? Everything still feels cold to touch and I think everything in the freezer stayed frozen. What do you guys think?


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Old 04-05-2006, 11:23 PM   #2
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Most of your food should be ok, but I would double check any dairy, seafood, meat, or other perishables. The temperature danger zone is between 40 to 140 degrees and the standard rule is that anything that is between those two temperatures for more than four hours are subject to food borne illness. Taking into account that you did not open the doors, and assuming your fridge was already holding the food at a sub 40 degree level, most of your stuff should be okay because it would've taken some time for the temperature to rise above 40 degrees. But again, any perishables, especially meat, seafood, or dairy, should be double checked and dumped if you even suspect it is contaminated.

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Old 04-05-2006, 11:23 PM   #3
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Four hours, you should be fine.

Have had the fridge go off for much longer than that with no ill effects to the quality of the food.

I would not give it another thought.

Good luck.
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:31 PM   #4
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Since you did not open the fridge, you will be fine.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:17 PM   #5
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That happens to me once or twice a year. If you kept the doors closed it should be safe.
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:26 PM   #6
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it's fine...
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Old 04-06-2006, 02:37 PM   #7
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Four hours is not an awfully long time for the power to be out, in regards to your frig and freezer. I am sure your food is fine.

But you should think about a few things. What was the condition of the food when the power went out? Had you just put 3 gallons of blood warm milk, or a stock pot of warm soup in the frig? What temperature do you keep the interior of your frig? If all foods were under 40 degrees F when you lost power, there is nothing to worry about.
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:00 PM   #8
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You should be A-Okay. Four hours is virtually nothing. Of course, now that I've posted that, no one is ever going to want to eat at my house again - lol!!!!
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:45 PM   #9
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Think of your fridge as a giant cooler with super insulation. I doubt it ever even warmed up in 4 hours.
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Old 04-06-2006, 04:53 PM   #10
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I was thinking about coolers, too, Connie. How many times have you gone to a picnic/party with a cooler in tow and never worried about the goodies you brought?

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