But there are multiple things a family can do to reduce the spoilage from a power outage. ShelfLifeAdvice.com is the leading web site dedicated to helping consumers avoid food waste and has been featured on Yahoo, MSNBC, The New York Times, Clark Howard, BonAppetit.com and ChicagoTribune.com. It features guides on how to extend the shelf life of thousands of common foods as well as reference charts to determine how long foods can be safely stored and consumed without risk of illness. A detailed article on tips for reducing food loss due to power outages is now available on the home page of ShelfLifeAdvice.com and will remain there for the duration of the storm and its aftermath.
A few of the tips covered in the article include these:
Before the Outage:
Set your freezer and refrigerator to its coldest settings—we want to store as much cold as possible in the food items.
Freeze containers of water to have as much ice on hand once the power goes out.
Ready a Coleman or similar cooler to use during the outage.
Consider freezing items in your refrigerator that can be frozen (leftovers, cheese, etc).
During the Outage:
· Shift ice and inexpensive solid frozen items to the refrigerator;
· Avoid opening your refrigerator/
After the Outage
· Follow the steps on ShelfLifeAdvice.com to assess the condition of the food remaining in your refrigerator/
Contact: Ashley Buchsbaum