Restocking Your Refrigerator After a Power Outage
Many families were without power this last week, unfortunately causing many refrigerated and frozen foods to spoil. As we know from Keeping Food Safe During a Power Outage, refrigerators will keep food cold for only about 4 hours if it remains unopened. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours if it remains unopened and only 24hrs if the unopened freezer is half full.
How do I restock my refrigerator and freezer once my electricity is restored?
While some are still waiting to regain power, many homes are back up and recovering. After a power outage is a great time to clear out and clean your refrigerator and freezer. Especially if anything has melted or spoiled while waiting for the power to be restored.
Having a well-stocked kitchen makes meal planning easier. Using sale ads and coupons can also help you save money. Below is a low-cost list for restocking your refrigerator and freezer. Personalize the list with foods you frequently use.
Ideas for Stocking Your Refrigerator
- Milk (fat-free or low-fat)
- Cheese (block, shredded, sliced, or string and consider lower fat options)
- Yogurt (fat-free or low-fat and choose options with fewer or no added sugars)
- Butter or margarine
- Salad dressing, low-fat
Ideas for Stocking Your Freezer
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen Fruit
- 100% fruit juice concentrate
- Lean ground beef
- Chicken breast or other pieces
- Pork loin chops
- Frozen fish and shrimp
- Frozen waffles (consider whole grain varieties)
- Breads (consider whole grain varieties)
Remember, only buy foods that your family likes and uses often. When your food budget allows, buy a little extra but try not to stockpile. Keep your foods in good rotation by using the First-In-First-Out method and only buy the amount you will use up in a week’s time.