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Refrigerator Down: What to toss?

lboeckx Aug 29, 2011 09:40 AM

We lost power for 24 hours. Ish. Do I toss the yogurt? It smells a little sour, but surely that's normal? Eggs, I'm saving. Chicken gone. Mostly I don't want to lose the yogurt. Any ideas?

  1. Jeff C. Aug 29, 2011 11:19 AM

    The CDC has guidelines on its website. In general, though, any dairy (including eggs) should be tossed.

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    1. re: Jeff C.
      kizil Aug 30, 2011 01:39 PM

      eggs don't really have to be refrigerated, many people all over the world do not.

      1. re: kizil
        lboeckx Aug 30, 2011 04:13 PM

        Thanks, apparently you're right, the eggs haven't killed us, I'm not giving the yogurt a chance.

        1. re: kizil
          andreaborn Aug 30, 2011 04:38 PM

          It's true that eggs aren't refrigerated elsewhere, but not the whole story: eggs naturally have a protective coating of some sort, which is typically left on in countries which do not refrigerate eggs, and typically washed off in the US. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to eat them after some amount of non-refrigeration as long as they smell OK (backpackers sometimes carry eggs, for example). But in general, it's probably best to refrigerate US eggs, regardless of the habits of other countries.

        2. re: Jeff C.
          odkaty Aug 31, 2011 08:35 AM

          Eggs are fine.

        3. arktos Aug 30, 2011 04:22 PM

          I usually have a big block of ice in my freezer, which comes in handy when the power goes out. I just put everything on the top shelf and wait till the power comes back on.

          1. DonShirer Aug 31, 2011 12:33 AM

            Our power just came on 3 days after Irene outed it, but we were able to eat most of the food in the fridge. However, it's amazing the things you find in your freezer when you have to clean it out!

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            1. re: DonShirer
              Veggo Aug 31, 2011 12:42 AM

              It's equally amazing what you find in your freezer, 7 or 10 days after the compressor fails.

              1. re: Veggo
                mamachef Aug 31, 2011 08:22 AM

                Oooh bad.

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