If electricity failure wasn’t enough of a headache, to deal with in this sweltering month in Mumbai, there’s another blow to the face — the potential food wasted as groceries and khana spoil in the fridge. So how long will that food last?
Not for long!
Experts say that keeping the freezer and refrigerator doors shut during a power failure is a crucial part of making the food inside last longer.
Food in refrigerators should be safe as long as the power is out no more than about four to six hours. One must leave the refrigerator door closed so that no cold air escapes, the food inside to reach unsafe temperatures.
Frozen food lasts longer. Half-full freezer can keep food safe for up to 24 hours, and a full freezer lasts up to 48 hours, as long as one keeps the freezer door closed for majority of the time. If food contains ice crystals or the temperature is below 40 degrees, you can safely refreeze it.
One cannot judge by appearance while determining food safety. Some food may look or smell fine, but they’re not fit for consumption. Bacteria may have started to grow and the chance for food borne illnesses start.
Indian cooked food like dal, sambhar, lentils, chole, dishes, with coconut and tomato base are quick to spoil. Also milk products like cheese, curd and sauces. So do not rely on your senses to check if the food is fit for consumption and presume that cooking will destroy the bacterial content. If you doubt it, do not risk an infection and throw it out.
Also once the power has been restored, wait for couple of hours for the temperature inside the refrigerator to reach optimum before adding any fresh vessels or content into the fridge.
If your refrigerator has stopped working? Hire an appliance repair company like Starranty.