Posted: 1:15 p.m.
When your refrigerator comes back on, be cautious before eating the food inside. In general, without power a refrigerator will keep foods cold for two to four hours if it is unopened. Full freezers will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door remains closed. These times may vary depending on age of the unit, condition of the seals, temperature setting and amount of food.
Digital, dial, or instant-read food thermometer and appliance thermometers will help you know if food is at a safe temperature. Before eating perishable refrigerated foods (milk, cheeses, eggs, meats, fish or poultry) be sure to check their temperature. Foods that are 41º F or below can be eaten and are considered safe. Throw out foods that are above 41ºF for more than two hours. Don’t trust your sense of smell. Food may be unsafe even if it doesn’t smell bad.
Follow the golden rule of food safety, “When in Doubt, Throw it Out,” for any foods you are not sure have stayed at a safe temperature or that do not look or smell as they should. More food safety tips.