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Old 06-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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Fridge "died" last night

So I got home yesterday and the liquids on my bottom shelf were warm (aka my beer) but my water on the middle shelf was cold. This morning things were getting warm and the internal temp of the fridge 65. On the plus side, everything in the freezer was still frozen solid. I ran to Walmart and bought two ten pound bags of ice and left them in there while I went to work today. Now the question becomes, can my jellies and marinades and other things be saved? If the ice isn't melted all over the floor, are the fridge contents okay? Not the milk, that's gonna be tossed because it was the first thing I noticed being warm last night. But the jelly and butter and other things. What about them?

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Old 06-25-2008, 04:51 PM   #2
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Oh my, a dead fridge in NC at this time of year. Butter will be fine, I keep some out on the couter all the time. Jelly, if you eat it real fast, I think it will be ok. Hard to say if the rest of the contents are ok, without knowing what they are.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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I didn't do an inventory before work. I was hoping it was just that I might have left the door cracked yesterday when I went to work. When I woke up this morning I knew that wasn't the case. I have four coolers that I can put stuff into when I get home tonight so I'll know more tomorrow. My air conditioner is working overtime today, I'm sure. I cranked it down to 72 to try and keep the house cool to off set the fridge. Unfortunately I can't get a fridge in there until Friday night so it's cooler city until then.
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Old 06-25-2008, 04:58 PM   #4
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Nothing will be with the jellies. I reraly put mine in the frifge, never enough space for them, and they are fine.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:18 PM   #5
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I just had this problem with my fridge and started a thread, too. If you look through my old posts you'll come across it and what I saved, tossed, and other folks' suggestions/opinions.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:25 PM   #6
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There's not much that I would dare to keep, considering that the temperature must remain below 40F to suppress bacteria growth and you've been way above that for more than a day.

Ice in the freezer won't help keep things cold enough either. Most everything in there will need to be cooked (immediately) to avoid total spoiling and loss. You should have gotten "dry ice" which would keep temperatures much lower.

But you are the best judge of the situation with each item, but remember that bacteria and molds can cause some serious ill effects if consumed.
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Old 06-25-2008, 09:54 PM   #7
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Jams, jellies, marinades, condiments, pickles and sauces should all be fine. Jams, jellies, pickles and condiments are all preserves - the sugar or vinegar treatment they got help prevent spoilage.
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Old 06-25-2008, 11:00 PM   #8
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I've been having problems with one of my fridges, too - fortunately, I have two, but the one that is working well is small, and we keep it on the service porch just for beverages, usually. The problem with mine is that that the automatic defrost system keeps freezing up - probably because it is so hot and humid right now. You might try taking everything out, letting it sit open for 12 hours or so, and then plugging it back in, letting the evaporator/cooler fully defrost itself. If you can locate where it is from your owner's manual, you can also defrost it with a hair dryer. But don't stand in a puddle of water when you're doing it! That might be your problem. Then, minimize how often you open the door, don't pack it full, etc. GG is right about the condiments, etc. I had two quarts of heavy cream that I had to throw out, though! There goes the homemade ice cream....
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:50 AM   #9
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There's not much that I would dare to keep, considering that the temperature must remain below 40F to suppress bacteria growth and you've been way above that for more than a day.

Ice in the freezer won't help keep things cold enough either. Most everything in there will need to be cooked (immediately) to avoid total spoiling and loss. You should have gotten "dry ice" which would keep temperatures much lower.

But you are the best judge of the situation with each item, but remember that bacteria and molds can cause some serious ill effects if consumed.
If Wal-Mart sold dry ice that's what I would have gotten but, alas, they do not. The only place I found dry ice was the Harris Teeter 12 miles from my house and you have to be over 18 to purchase it so I couldn't even send my daughter.

Surprisingly, the two bags of ice cooled the fridge enough that I was able to feel safe in salvaging SOME stuff. Nothing with meat in it, that all got tossed. The milk, even the cat wouldn't drink that so it got tossed. Short of the butter any dairy got tossed after I opened the sour cream and saw what was there.

As for the freezer, it is amazing! Everything is still frozen solid. I put a bag of ice in there and all is good. I did take the ice cream next door to my neighbor but all my soups and sauces are still solid bricks of food. Thank goodness because I didn't have enough coolers for that stuff.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:12 AM   #10
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I think only the really big Wally Worlds have dry ice. The "little" Wally World in the town I live in doesn't carry it, but the "big" Super-Center that's on my way to work does get it.
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