(Closed) Throw out food from power outage?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 4
84 posts
Worker bee

It depends how long your power was off.

I think your condiments should be fine. It’s mostly meat and dairy that you need to worry about. Vinegar will be ok. It doesn’t really spoil. Steak sauce should be ok too. If your salad dressings are creamy, then you should throw those out. Italian dressing would probably be ok.

Post # 5
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Condiments should be fine. Eggs should be fine. Cheese should be fine. Milk, sniff it and see.


For meat (real meat like chicken and hamburger, not lunch meat or any salted/cured meat), don’t throw it out! Even if it’s beyond human consumption, post it on Craigslist and see if any raw-feeders want it.

Post # 6
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

That happened to me a couple of months back. I threw out all dairy products, cold cuts, and the only condiment was the mayo. I kept minced garlic, salad dressing, and all other condiments and neither one of us got sick.

Post # 7
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

ketchup and mayo etc can survive outside the fridge, if you go to a restaurant their ketchup is never cold.the same for fresh fruit and veggies.  I think you should inspect each item, its usually very easy to tell when food is bad, it will either look bad or smell bad. I would definitely toss the milk out.


Post # 8
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

mayo is made with eggs. it can not survive outside the fridge.

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