The Bradenton appliance repair refrigerator guy was on the phone telling me how to handle the broken fridge until he got there later in the day. I was a little panicked because I always keep the refrigerator fully stocked with rather expensive food – I only buy organic food that has not been genetically modified. I guess you can call me a food fanatic. I don’t like any food that’s been messed with. They put all sorts of genetic material into foods where it doesn’t belong, and that really turns my stomach. So I was keen to preserve my food until the repairman arrived.
Well, the repair guy was great, and no harm was done. And he gave me a lot of useful things to do in case of a power outage, which is something I obsess about. Here’s what I remember:
- Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer doors unless absolutely necessary.
- Keep a cooler available to pack with perishables in case of a long blackout.
- Keep an eye on the temperature in the fridge. If it rises above 40 degrees, you have to throw out the perishables.
- If you are as obsessed as I am, consider buying an auxiliary generator.
- Don’t go tasting questionable food when the blackout ends. It might be chocked full of bacteria. Dairy products spoil easily.
- Always have an extra thermometer available to see how warm the food has gotten.
- If stuff thaws, don’t refreeze it. Cook it and eat it. Don’t matter if you get full – keep eating till it’s gone. Don’t waste anything.
- If you really can’t eat all the thawed food, give the rest to the animals. But watch out with the dogs – some have no sense and eat until they explode.
- If you have big items like turkeys that have thawed and you can’t eat them, pack everything up and bring it to the local soup kitchen. You will make friends with many new and interesting people.
- Always store canned goods in the house in case all the cold food spoils.
- If you spot raw meat juice in the fridge, throw away anything it has touched. Clean out the fridge with disinfectant.
- You can buy some ice from the store and stick it in the freezer to keep things cold.
- If you live up north and it’s winter, shove your frozen foods into the snow.
Well, he told me a lot more, but I guess my eyes glazed over at that point. But I’m definitely going to get that generator, I’ll tell you that!