The Washington Times-Herald


November 19, 2013

Stay safe during clean up


• raw or cooked meat, poultry or seafood

• milk/cream, yogurt, soft cheese

• cooked pasta, pasta salads

• custard, chiffon, or cheese pies

• fresh eggs, egg substitutes

• meat or cheese-topped pizza, luncheon meats

• casseroles, stews, soups

• tartar sauce and creamy dressings

• refrigerated cookie dough

• cream-filled pastries

Freezer- Food in a freezer will stay cold longer than in the refrigerator. With the door closed, items in most freezers stay frozen for 24 to 48 hours, even in the summer.

How long the food stays frozen depends on:

1. The amount of food in the freezer — Food in a full freezer will stay frozen for at least 2 days. Items in a half-loaded freezer may not stay frozen for more than a day.

2. The kind of food — A full freezer of meat will stay colder than a freezer full of baked goods.

3. The temperature of the food — The colder the food, the longer the food will stay frozen.

4. The size of the freezer — The larger the freezer, the longer the food stays frozen.

Power Outage Procedures

1. Keep the freezer door closed. This is the most important step you can take to keep the food from defrosting. Opening the door greatly reduces the time food stays frozen without power.

2. Add dry ice to the freezer. The more dry ice, the longer the food will stay frozen. If dry ice is placed in the freezer soon after the power goes off, 50 pounds added to a 20 cubic-foot cabinet should keep the temperature of food below freezing for 3 to 4 days in a fully loaded freezer and 2 to 3 days in a cabinet with half a load or less. Twenty-five pounds of dry ice should hold the temperature of a half-full 10 cubic foot cabinet below freezing for 2 to 3 days. (Note – Place dry ice on thick cardboard or boards on top of the frozen food or on shelves, not directly on packages. Always wear gloves when handling dry ice. Never touch dry ice with hands. Be sure room is well ventilated. Do not breathe the carbon dioxide gas from the dry ice.)

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