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
double post, please close!
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
mayo is made with eggs. it can not survive outside the fridge.