Frozen food safety

Frozen food safety

Will your frozen food survive a power outage?

With Hurricane Sandy still on the radar, many people on the east coast currently are or are about to deal with a power outage situation.  Once the power goes out at your house, the food stored in your freezer can only stay safe for a set amount of time.  But for how long exactly can the frozen food stay safe?

The amount of time that your frozen food can stay safe for your consumption will depend on a couple of different factors.  One of the main factors being how much food you currently have stored in your freezer.  That is because the more food you have in your freezer, the longer your freezer will stay cold in the event of a power outage.  If you have your freezer filled to the max, then the food can stay safe for up to about 48 hours.  On the other hand, the frozen food can only stay good for about 24 hours if the freezer is only filled halfway.

Another factor that can affect how long your frozen food stay safe during a power outage is whether or not you open your freezer during the power outage.  Every single time that you open your freezer, you are allowing some of that cold air to escape from the freezer.  Therefore, it is best to try to avoid opening the freezer once the power is out.  

Once power has returned to your house, you will want to check the safety of your frozen foods.  Use a thermometer.  Your freezer needs to be at a freezing temperature for everything to be safe to eat.