Food Safety After Power Outages

Chattooga County Cooperative Extension Agent Rebecca Thomas says that residents should be careful about food in freezers that may have thawed during the recent power outages from Monday’s storm.

Thomas said that if food is “pliable” you should use caution.  For meats that have been frozen, if there is any pliability to the package it should be cooked.  After cooking it can be re-frozen.  If the meat has completely thawed it should be thrown away.  Vegetables can be re-frozen as long as there are still ice crystals left in the packaging.  Thomas said the rule of thumb is, “when in doubt through it out.”

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