Hurricanes and storms can cause power outages and lead to food safety concerns.
As Hurricane Irene approaches protect your food by being prepared.
Foods that can safely be stored above 41°F for a few days include:
|Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. You may safely re-freeze foods that still contain ice crystals or that have been kept at 41° F or below.|
With the door closed, food in most freezers will stay below 41° F for up to 3 days, even in summer. Thawing rate depends on:
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
August 24, 2011