Re: So I'm emptying out my fridge...
- From: "Nunya Bidnits" <nunyabidnits@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:04:45 -0600
Michael O'Connor <mpoconnor7@xxxxxxx> wrote:
When we lived in NY, our power went out for about a week. I had just
filled the fridge and freezer. I had a lot of blue ice, some of
which I moved to the fridge. This was during the summer with heat in
excess of 100 degrees. Although I did not have a fridge or freezer
thermometer, the food in the fridge and freezer seemed fine for the
first 24 hours. After about 48 hours, the popsicles were beginning
to melt. At that point we threw it all out.
When I was living in Detroit in the summer of 1995, we had a bad
lightning storm which took out all the power in the entire Detroit
area. Six days later I would be among the last ten thousand people to
get their power back on. I remember the power went out on a Saturday
night, and Sunday morning I found a supermarket that was open and
bought a cooler and ice and a little charcoal grill and charcoal,
along with candles. I went ahead and cooked all the food that was in
the freezer, mostly hamburgers and steaks, and kept them in the cooler
and adding ice each day until the power was restored. All the food in
the fridge except for ketchup and mustard went bad. After three days
the meat was gone and I was eating canned ravioli out of the can.
Taking a cold shower with a flashlight was not much fun, neither was
trying to sleep in 80 degree heat at night with no air conditioning.
The nice thing about extended power outages around here is that they are
generally due to winter ice storms, with persistent low outdoor temps, so
you just put the frozen perishables on the porch and since the heat will be
out too, it's not hard to keep the fridge stuff in good shape.
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