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Old 09-04-2018, 11:28 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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On Sunday afternoon a monsoon storm took out the power to my freezer that is out in my shed, unbeknownst to me. I discovered it this afternoon. The worst part is that on Saturday I did a Costco run (I don't live close to one) and had it full to the brim with salmon, scallops, chicken, meatballs etc. I never spend this much on food at one time but I'm expecting some company next month.

This afternoon I found out it was not working properly when I went to add some frozen dog food that I bought. It is back up working now as my friend helped me figure out that the storm tripped the GFCI plug that is on the outside of the shed (for my golf cart) and it in turn tripped the one inside that the freezer is plugged in to.

The scallops were soft to the touch (so defrosted) but cold and the salmon was softish but the chicken was not - but I could press a finger in a feel a tiny bit of give. Do I need to throw all of this food out? Bear in mind it was in a closed freezer for about 48 hours and it was only 48 hours later that I opened it. I only *presume* it was the storm on Sunday that did this. It was working fine when I put the food in Sat. at around 5:30 pm

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Old 09-05-2018, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'd toss the seafood and the meatballs if they are soft to the touch. The chicken should be okay.
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Old 09-05-2018, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Too bad you don't have a thermometer? If nothing went below 40, it's all probably good. I have had it happen and even if things thawed, I let them refreeze and haven't noticed any loss of quality
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:14 AM
 
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No amount of food is worth getting sick over
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Old 09-05-2018, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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On Sunday afternoon a monsoon storm took out the power to my freezer that is out in my shed, unbeknownst to me. I discovered it this afternoon. The worst part is that on Saturday I did a Costco run (I don't live close to one) and had it full to the brim with salmon, scallops, chicken, meatballs etc. I never spend this much on food at one time but I'm expecting some company next month.

This afternoon I found out it was not working properly when I went to add some frozen dog food that I bought. It is back up working now as my friend helped me figure out that the storm tripped the GFCI plug that is on the outside of the shed (for my golf cart) and it in turn tripped the one inside that the freezer is plugged in to.

The scallops were soft to the touch (so defrosted) but cold and the salmon was softish but the chicken was not - but I could press a finger in a feel a tiny bit of give. Do I need to throw all of this food out? Bear in mind it was in a closed freezer for about 48 hours and it was only 48 hours later that I opened it. I only *presume* it was the storm on Sunday that did this. It was working fine when I put the food in Sat. at around 5:30 pm

what a shame, and to have it sea food of all things. Something similar happened to us a few months back Our outlet got tripped somehow and I noticed as I was pulling the car out of the garage. I happened to glance over and say the freezer light was not lit. Anyway, I only threw out a couple of things. Anything that still has any part of it frozen should be just fine, anything, especially the scallops will have to go to seafood heaven. At least that is how I look at it. Others are more particular than me and will say toss, toss, toss.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:49 AM
 
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Always put foods like seafood and meats as deep in the freezer as possible. Put foods that don't spoil as easily (vegetables, breads, etc) or foods that won't cost as much to replace in the door or near the front.
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Old 09-05-2018, 07:50 AM
 
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We had a similar problem when a snow storm took out parts of AL for days. Home insurance accepted and paid a claim. You may want to contact your carrier before tossing everything.
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:24 AM
 
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On Sunday afternoon a monsoon storm took out the power to my freezer that is out in my shed, unbeknownst to me. I discovered it this afternoon. The worst part is that on Saturday I did a Costco run (I don't live close to one) and had it full to the brim with salmon, scallops, chicken, meatballs etc. I never spend this much on food at one time but I'm expecting some company next month.

This afternoon I found out it was not working properly when I went to add some frozen dog food that I bought. It is back up working now as my friend helped me figure out that the storm tripped the GFCI plug that is on the outside of the shed (for my golf cart) and it in turn tripped the one inside that the freezer is plugged in to.

The scallops were soft to the touch (so defrosted) but cold and the salmon was softish but the chicken was not - but I could press a finger in a feel a tiny bit of give. Do I need to throw all of this food out? Bear in mind it was in a closed freezer for about 48 hours and it was only 48 hours later that I opened it. I only *presume* it was the storm on Sunday that did this. It was working fine when I put the food in Sat. at around 5:30 pm

Call your homeowners insurance. If you have receipts that will be helpful, pics on your phone of food would likely help too.... Also...If you are in an area where a natural disaster has been declared by your Governor....go online to FEMA and there will be instructions on how to apply for damage recovery.

Personally.....I wouldn't risk the salmon or scallops since you really have no exact times when this first happened. Temp in the freezer right now may help you decide on anything that is still defrosting.

Are there any alarms that you can put on your utilities or appliances so that you'd be alerted immediately next time? Answered my own question...here is a link https://www.amazon.com/POWER-RELIANC.../dp/B018A30T8Q
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Old 09-05-2018, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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If the seafood and meatballs were still cold, even if soft, I would use them this week. I've never cooked seafood and then froze it again so don't know how it would work. It might be worth trying. I often cook meatballs and then freeze them.
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Old 09-05-2018, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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We had a similar problem when a snow storm took out parts of AL for days. Home insurance accepted and paid a claim. You may want to contact your carrier before tossing everything.
They will but it's $500 deductible and I don't think I have over $500 worth.
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