Post # 1
I lost power over the weekend from thunderstorms. I now keep looking up websites and I know I really should throw out everything from my refrigerator from the power outage but it’s really hurting my wallet thinking that even the condiments have to go. Anyone know if salad dressings or garlic that was just opened should be thrown out too? I’m not going to lie, the refrigerator wasn’t even cold but it just hurts looking at full bottles of red wine vinegar, steak sauce, and other things like that.
I tossed the entire freezer, must I do the same in the refrigerator?
Post # 3
how long was the power out? did you open the fridge or freezer during that time?
Red wine vinegar should be fine. I don’t think it even has to be refridgerated. I’m be most careful with meats and anything with dairy or eggs in it.
Post # 4
2 days. I didn’t open the refrigerator or freezer at all. I threw out all the eggs, meat, yogurt, and anything mayo based. The freezer had water in the bottom so just to be safe I tossed everything out.
Post # 5
The garlic should be fine. Most produce should be fine. I’d throw out any dairy-based salad dressings, though. Most super-slty condiments – like mustard and relish – will be fine. What hurts more – your wallet, or your stomach after food poisoning? 😉