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your freezer meals when the power goes out
You have your freezer
stocked full of a month's supply of freezer meals when the
worst thing possible happens... the power goes out. If you
do lose power, here are tips to try and save what you have
in your freezer.
Do NOT open the
freezer door. Yes, it is very tempting to "check"
on how your freezer is doing while the power is out. But this
is the WORST possible thing you can do. Even opening the freezer
for just a second allows precious cold air escape, while allowing
warm air to enter. This is costly because there is no power
to re-chill the air in the freezer.
Keep your freezer
fully stocked if you are concerned about a power outtage.
A fully stocked freezer will remain at a safe temperature
for about two days. A half filled freezer will last about
one day. If you open the freezer door while the power is out,
the length of time the goods will stay freezer safe for drops
As soon as the
power turns on, check your freezer. First, check your thermometer
to see what the internal freezer temperature is. Then, check
the items in the freezer. Are any meats soft? If any raw meats
have begin to defrost, pop them into the fridge to continue
defrosting, then use or cook and refreeze. Never refreeze
If you know the
power will be out for more than a day, check with family and
friends on the status of their power and freezer space. If
possible, get a cooler with ice and transport some of your
frozen food to other's freezers in order to save what you
You can also use
a freezer alarm, this way
you will not exactly when the temperature has risen enough
that you need to take preventative action, without lifting
the lid and letting precious cold air out.