Butternut Squash Soup and Marzipan Cheesecake - can this be saved after the power outage?
I had just made 4 quarts of butternut squash and apple soup and a marzipan cheesecake and put them in the freezer the day before the power went out. They were in the extra freezer, so it was not opened and the power went out at 6 pm Monday and came back around 6:30 pm yesterday. When I opened the freezer the soup was somewhat defrosted but still had ice crystals. Do you think it can safely be salvaged or am I doing it again? Also, I have read that you can refreeze cheesecake - anyone? Thanks!
You are golden. Both can be refrozen, and since they were still cold, no worries about safety.
Amazingly, there was no outage here but after the 2011 Halloween snowstorm, it was out for 104 hours. I never opened either the fridge or freezer doors of my refrigerator. Both compartments were quite full, and I had added containers of water to the freezer the day before, putting a couple in the fridge compartment once they froze, in anticipation of power loss. The only thing I lost was an opened container of half and half that would have been soured by then even if the power had not failed. The partially-defrosting potstickers formed a solid lump once they refroze but I still used them. Messy-looking but tasted the same.