It's a scene that repeats itself over and over again: the power goes out, you find a flashlight, you settle in and it hits you... the food int the fridge is going to spoil!! Hundreds of dollars of good food is about to go to waste! Should we eat it? Should we pack ice into the fridge? Should we just write it off??!
The fact is, if you loose power, there is little you can do for refrigerated foods in the long haul. You can give yourself (and your food) many extra hours of life - maybe just the hours you need - by doing a little prep work and taking a few precautions.
The USDA also recommends dry ice. "Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days."
That works as well -- just be careful to leave head room for expansion or your zip bags will pop. (Guess how I learned that one!) Our power goes out when I sneeze or when a cloud drifts across the sky -- I have sadly had to become an expert on how to keep the freezer and fridge cold.
Instead of making tons of ice cubes, store plastic jugs of water in your freezer. They take up space if your freezer needs to be full. When they're frozen, you can put them in your fridge when the power goes out. They stay frozen much longer than ice cubes and don't leak everywhere. Win-win!
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