On day two following the storm no one really saw coming, I'm battling the elements. There's no electricity, no heat and water pouring into my basement, but all I can think about is the fate of the beautiful filets that were in my freezer, sharing space with pretty pork tenderloins, an entire rack of ribs, countless chicken breasts, sausages and more.
The first trick for saving your perishable foods in a power outage is simple: Don't open the door to your freezer or refrigerator for the first 24 hours. In cool weather, the contents of both should be safe for that period and perhaps a bit longer, depending on the quality of your appliances. Meanwhile, dig up those summer coolers and get some ice.
On day two, move your most prized items to the coolers, along with any cheeses, mayonaise and other perishable foods. Good coolers will keep cold for about two to three days if you keep them sealed. If you've got an ice maker, be sure to remove the container to a sink (use the ice for your new moveable fridge). Otherwise, you'll have water all over your kitchen floor.
To save those prized meats, your best bet is to call a friend who didn't get hit by the power outage. If your friend's freezer is already full, you'd better pull out your cook books and bust out the grill.
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