Post # 1
So this morning my husband found that the freezer door (the freezer that is part of our fridge, not a chest freezer) had been open, probably all night. Our ice cube trays had thawed (sitting in the freezer door) but a lot of the other stuff (chicken, homemade broth) still looked to be frozen solid. Can anybody comment on what might still be safe to eat and what we should toss? The freezer was still running while it was open.
Post # 3
@therascalqueen: I think it should be fine. Assuming, you’ll be cooking the food thoroughly anyways.
Post # 4
I would just be wary of anything that was in the door, since that’s the warmest part of the freezer anyway and that’s the part that would have most access to the warmer air outside the freezer if the door was open.
Other than that though, I’m sure if everything seemed to still be frozen, you should be a-ok!
Post # 5
Anything that is still frozen should be fine.
Post # 6
If the food is still frozen, I’d think it would be alright.
Post # 7
I’m in the mid-Atlantic region, and we had a heck of a storm roll through last Friday. People have been without power for days, myself included. Our local news programming has been running stories on safe food items, similar to the question you asked.
If items are in your freezer, they can comfortably stay for 48 hours without you needing to get rid of them (if no ice was placed in the freezer to help with temperature maintenance). The fridge is a different story.
Since your freezer was technically still running even though it was open, I think you should be good to go. Be ware of the door-items though.