Wondering How Long Your Food Is Safe After a Power Outage?

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Foods kept in a closed refrigerator can be safe up to 4 hours. Once you’re able to open your refrigerator or have hit the 4 hour mark, check the temperature of foods with a food thermometer and toss anything that has been over 40 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 2 hours.

Foods in a full freezer, that was kept closed, can be safe for 48 hours (24 hours if the freezer was half-full). The appliance itself and the way food is stored can affect these guidelines. The best way to know if a food was kept at a safe temperature is to use a thermometer.

If you have a freezer thermometer and it reads 40 degrees or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen. Without a thermometer in the freezer, check each food. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.

For more information or clarification, contact ncsafeplates@ncsu.edu.

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Tara Gregory, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionTara GregoryExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Call Tara Email Tara N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on Jan 18, 2022
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