In case of a power outage, the appliance thermometers will indicate the temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer to help you determine if the food is safe. Store food on shelves that will be safely out of the way of contaminated water in case of flooding. Make sure to have a supply of bottled water stored where it will be as safe as possible from flooding. If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety.
Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Keep in mind that perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40°F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
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Hurricane Sandy is creating a mess all over the East coast and many people are being told to evacuate. Nicole RamagePortland Food ExaminerNicole Ramage is a professional baker, 3-homestyle-meals a day, single mother. Freeze containers of water for ice to help keep food cold in the freezer, refrigerator, or coolers in case the power goes out. If you plan to eat refrigerated or frozen meat, poultry, fish or eggs while it is still at safe temperatures, it's important that each item is thoroughly cooked to the proper temperature to assure that any foodborne bacteria that may be present is destroyed.
Discard any food that is not in a waterproof container if there is any chance that it has come into contact with flood water.
Those that are not being told that they have to leave have little power and food storage is becoming a problem. For contamination reasons, be sure not to eat any perishable food if it is has been in the 40-140 degree temperature range for longer than four hours. Have coolers on hand to keep refrigerated food cold if the power will be out for more than 4 hours.


Food containers that are not waterproof include those with screw-caps, snap lids, pull tops, and crimped caps. October 29 Huffington Post released an article on how to keep your food safe during the hurricane. Food in reconditioned cans or retort pouches should be used as soon as possible thereafter. Nicole tried out for Food Network's 'Cupcake Wars' but only made it to the final round before being beat out by a gluten free bakery in town.
Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more. Rinse the cans or retort pouches with water that is safe for drinking, if available, since dirt or residual soap will reduce the effectiveness of chlorine sanitation.



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