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This past weekend, my power went out and I was not expecting that to happen. We had quite a few inches of snow on the ground. I took my food out of the fridge and placed everything into a large plastic storage crate.
I sat the crate in the snow and kept it there until the power came back on late Sunday night. This kept my food from spoiling and I could get whatever I needed easily. I just had to open my back door. It was like having a freezer at my disposal. I have always done this in the winter if the power went out.
By triciaminter from Ridgeway, VA
As you may know, we have had a horrible storm that has hit Houston, Texas. A lot of people are without power and will be for several days. I do have a freezer and of course a freezer in the refrigerator.
What I have done for some time is to empty plastic milk cartons and fill them with water. This will not take up much room in your freezer. If your power does go out, at least the ice in the carton will keep your food cold. Keep the doors shut as much as possible.
This guide is about food safety after a hurricane. During a bad storm, power outages and flood waters can contaminate foods in ways that aren't always obvious.
Ella Mae Bard, C.F.C.S. Extension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences Knox County
"Sooner or later there will be a problem. It might be a winter ice storm or summer wind and rain. There are also questions about food safety when the freezer fails or is accidentally unplugged.
If at all possible, wait until power is on before opening the freezer door. Each door opening increases the interior temperature and decreases the time foods will hold safely without power."