fridge broken for 24 hours... is food ok?

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  1. howard macrumors 68020

    howard

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    subject says it all. My fridge was broken for about 24 hours and I'm wondering if some of the stuff is safe to eat, we had milk, eggs, chicken and roast beef.

    I'm a really bad judge at this, wondering if there is any rule of thumb.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    As long as no one has been in and out of the fridge, everything should be OK. If the fridge is now room temp.. -> Garbage for safety.
     
  3. princealfie macrumors 68030

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    You will be fine. Once our fridge was broken for 48 hours and we had no problems.
     
  4. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

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    throw out the meats

    if any meat jumped past 45 deg F for more than a couple hours it'll make you sick


    cheeses and other stuff is okay -- you'll know if your milk tastes sour and your veggies rot ant stink. bread things are okay too, unless they have meat in them like pizzas.

    ANYTHING that thawed in the freezer, eat today or throw away.
    ANYTHING THAT PARTIALLY thawed, -- DO NOT REFREEZE! EAT VERY SOON.

    THIS INCLUDES YOUR PIZZAS!

    IMPROPER HANDLING OF MEATS IS DANGEROUS!
     
  5. howard thread starter macrumors 68020

    howard

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    damn... I didn't have too much stuff but there is a large portion of chicken uncooked that was in the fridge... was going to cook that tonight.. thats probably bad though huh. It got to about room temperature... well maybe not quite.
     
  6. Legolamb macrumors 6502a

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    Uncooked meat, thawed meat or fish, I'd pitch. Depending on how much foodstuff was in your fridge (the less food in your fridge, the better; the opposite is true for the freezer, though), the temperature of the room (no heat wave, yet?), and whether or not it was opened during the outage, everything else, including the cheeses, butter, eggs, or milk should be ok.
     
  7. jayb2000 macrumors 6502a

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    we just lost power for about 24 hours, but left the fridge shut.
    So far everything has been fine.
    Do the smell test and be sure to cook any meats to 165 or higher.
    And be extra careful with kids/elderly/sick people.

    And figure out if that leftover pork chop is worth two dollars and/or several days of sitting on the toilet :eek:
     
  8. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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  9. juanster macrumors 68020

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    what doesn t kill you makes u stromger, but damn wouldn t you feel dumb if you knew it was going to kill you and you still ate it? hahah if it thawed either eat it today or throw it away do not refreeze SPECIALLY chicken...
     
  10. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    That reads a bit strangley :confused:
     
  11. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    If your fridge's temperature rised above 40 degrees, then you only had 2-4 hours to begin refrigerating them again before time-temperature abuse resulted in bacterial growth that is unsafe. Unfortunately, I pretty much guarantee this is the case. The only things safe in your fridge now are things that can otherwise be kept, open and used, at room temperature (like vegetables, butter, minced garlic, pickles would probably be okay). The rest I would throw away. :\

    Doesn't homeowner's insurance cover this sometimes, including cost of replacement food? Or is that only if it is connected with some kind of power outage or other disaster? (Was it just your fridge that died?)
     
  12. wongulous macrumors 6502a

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    It sounds fine in American English. You silly Queen's English users! :)
     

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