Food safety during power outage
October 31, 2012 4:12 PM Subscribe
Can I eat this? Sandy power outage edition.
My power has been out for almost 48 hours. I'm assuming all processed foods in the fridge have to be thrown out, but I hesitate with a couple items because they feel somewhat cold through the plastic, look fine, and haven't been opened. I'm wondering about store-bought hummus (includes red peppers, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, etc.) and fake turkey slices (Tofurkey brand). I've been avoiding opening the fridge door more than absolutely necessary (so as not to let warm air in — although there's no heat in my apartment anyway). The fridge is stuffed almost completely full, which is supposed to keep things colder. The foods are well within the expiration dates on the labels. Again, by default, I would throw out any processed food that's been in a nonworking fridge for 48 or even 24 hours, but I just wanted to check. Thanks in advance.