Our second June prep challenge is to buy a cooler for a power outage. This summer will be hot, so prepare now for power outages.
After a power outage, your refrigerator will only keep some foods safe for up to 4 hours. However, you can transfer milk, meat, cheese, and eggs into a smaller space like a cooler. Let’s get prepared.
Buy a Cooler, Ice Packs and Appliance Thermometers
- Print the list “Refrigerated Food and Power Outages: When to Save It and When to Throw It Out” from FoodSafety.gov. I hang mine inside the cupboard next to my refrigerator.
- Always keep ice packs in your freezer to use in your cooler when necessary.
- Keep appliance thermometers in your refrigerator and freezer. Check Walmart or online.
- Open your fridge quickly to see the temperature. Decide if you should move items to a cooler or freezer.
- Refrigerators should be set at 40 degrees or below, and freezers at 0 degrees.
- A freezer can keep food cold up to 24 hours if half full and 48 hours if very full. If you feel your power outage will be long, quickly put milk, meat, and cheese in your freezer.
- Make sure you own a good cooler like a Yeti or a LifeTime.
- Store cooler in a location where family members can easily find it.
- If transferring food to cooler, place ice packs in the bottom of your cooler, then food, then more ice packs on top.
- Sometimes it’s just safe to throw food out.
- Keep an insulated lunch sack with a cold pack frozen in your freezer in case your medication or breast milk needs refrigeration.
Best wishes on buying prep supplies for a power outage like a cooler, ice packs and an appliance thermometer. You CAN do it!
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