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If the power’s still out, empty your fridge

For those who lost power during  Thursday’s tornado and thunderstorms, you have very short amount of time before the food in your refrigerator has to be tossed.  If your power is still out, that window for the fridge has already passed.

If you keep the door closed, the fridge will keep  food at a safe temperature of 40 degrees for about  four hours.  Meat, eggs and dairy, including milk and cheese that gets above this temperature should be thrown out after two hours.

The freezer, again, if kept closed as much as possible will keep food safe up to 48 hours, according to the USDA. Here’s their fact sheet on keeping food safe prepared by their Food Safety and Inspection Service.

You can use dry ice to keep your food fresh.  It can be purchased by the pound at area grocery stores.

If you have meat in freezer, take it out and cook it after it begins to thaw. If you power comes back on and the package still  has ice crystals, it may be safe to refreeze, but you might want to consider inviting the neighbors over for an impromptu barbecue instead.

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June 14th, 2013
3:13 pm

Ummm…Jamie…not to state the obvious but if the power is still out folks probably aren’t able to read your blog.

Col. Reb

June 14th, 2013
3:17 pm

Ummm….parbogey……ever heard of a smartphone?


June 14th, 2013
3:18 pm

At Georgia Tech they taught us to read the web pages via a cell phone.

Meanwhile all the UGA, Bama and Auburn grads are still working at McDonalds flipping fries and burgers.

Lanier Spots

June 14th, 2013
3:24 pm

Listen up “goldenrod” – you little techie – I am a VP at a software development company and a proud Auburn alumni. All In! While I won’t address the gumps at Bama, I will say that there are MANY successful UGA graduates at my company and across the South so your comment is an utter lie.

Your campus is a pathetic wasteland of burglaries, stabbings and assaults and I can’t remember the last time you seriously challenged an SEC team in football so I suggest you shut that trap.



June 14th, 2013
3:26 pm

If you have to be told when food is spoiled you shouldn’t be living alone anyway.


June 14th, 2013
3:55 pm

this one went downhill in a hurry – funny how folks weasel in a way to mess stuff up. What was written was good information – too bad y’all can’t get past the constant Dawg/BumbleBee mentality – take this stuff to the sports postings – geez. Gets old after a while. I completely understand why the person writing closes comments – can’t have anything nice.


June 14th, 2013
3:58 pm

I know that these are the “guidelines”, but cheese, really? Even at the store, cheeses are left out at room temperature.


June 14th, 2013
4:01 pm

Just so you know, I think all ya’ll have too much time on your hands.

Road Scholar

June 14th, 2013
5:31 pm

Lanier: Successful? Like knowing to put the cheese on the burger after it is flipped?

Friends do not let friends attend UGA. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!


June 14th, 2013
7:54 pm

Hey Jamila? That USDA link isn’t working.


June 14th, 2013
8:42 pm

Cooked food last longer. I recommend cooking as much as possible, before it spoil.

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Atlanta Mom

June 15th, 2013
12:18 am

The problem with inviting the neighbors over for an impromptu barbecue instead, is that they have the same problem you have. Food that needs to be cooked.


June 15th, 2013
10:23 pm

Hey Lanier! I have pretty good memories of Tech challenging Auburn the last two times we played. I thought Jerden Hare was supposed to be loud??? Please don’t get sick eating spoiled food.

berry steve

June 16th, 2013
10:36 am

If the battery goes bad in your car, buy a new one. They should have never stopped teaching Home Ec. in high school. Now we have to read an article about what to do when the power goes out. I can see this being an important article in Birmingham but not Atlanta.

berry steve

June 16th, 2013
10:46 am

Jamila……..hard to have an impromptu bar-b-que when it takes 8-16 hours to cook the food. I would suggest an impromptu backyard grilling session. But if you do bar-b-que it is assured that the power will be back on before the food is smoked, so thats not all bad either.


June 16th, 2013
10:51 am

Can’t bar b q at my house during a power outage. I have an electric smoker!

I just schnitzeled my pants!

June 16th, 2013
5:17 pm

I prefer spoiled food.

Rolling TIde

June 17th, 2013
8:46 am

Lanier is the typical Aubie…always having to douche up the conversation for everyone else. When one enters a room…it’s usually best to leave.


June 17th, 2013
9:40 am

Eggs can be kept at room temperature for quite some time.


June 20th, 2013
12:33 pm

I recognize you up there, TrishaDisha WarEagle. I see you spend alllll day commenting on AJC blogs. How do you manage to do that and still “VP” at a software development “firm.” Your mom’s basement is not a “firm.”

From most of your comments, though, I can see that you should be locked in a cage in Centennial Park so spectators can throw peanuts at you, you racist twit.