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Old 11-19-2009, 06:22 PM
 
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Default Fridge died what do I need to throw away.

Excuse the ignorance but I've never had this happen to me before in the few short years I've been living on my own. My fridge died and I think it was non functional for about 16-24 hours.

My question is what do I need to throw away?

I have
cooked chicken and rice
Milk and eggs(uncracked)(these I assume I have to throw away correct?)
french toast mix(this I know I have to throw away).
Cheese(packaged, Kraft singles)
various barbeque sauces lemon juice, salsa etc.

When feeling the things in the fridge I'd estimate the temperature(at the end) to be about 45-60 degrees.
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Maple Lake, MN
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If the temp is truly 60, I would toss everything but the condiments. If the door was shut, where do you live and heat in the house? If 45, the eggs should be fine, milk...I would toss after doing sniff test, and the cheese is probably okay...
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Old 11-19-2009, 07:07 PM
 
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If the temp is truly 60, I would toss everything but the condiments. If the door was shut, where do you live and heat in the house? If 45, the eggs should be fine, milk...I would toss after doing sniff test, and the cheese is probably okay...
Well its a studio(300 sq ft). So everything is open, no walls. Fridge was closed. The temp was just a guess, but I feel like the temp in the fridge was below room(about 65) and the meat in the freezer was still frozen. I think after 16 hours the temp is probably closer to 60... so I will probably dump almost everything I guess(except barbecue sauce and stuff)
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:45 PM
 
Location: S.A., Texas ~ Home of the HUD secretary farm~
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The refrigerator first of all!! Probably 3-4 days to use what was in the freezer. The refrig stuff .....sniff test and ???
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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Toss it all. The condiments and vinegar based stuff is safe, but unless you bought it with a lone star card, toss it.
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Dude that sucks sorry that happened to ya. My fridge didn't die but a lot of my food has mold growing on it and I'm pissed. Yet another reason for people to eat McDonald's everyday.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:50 PM
 
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Anything in the freezer still partially frozen will be a ok for 3 or 4 days.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:53 PM
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Quick go buy one of those styrofoam coolers and bags of ice - use that as your frig until you get a new one.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:29 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I'd toss everything but the lemon juice. I'm certain it will okay.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Your non mayo based condiments will be fine - mustard, pickles, ketchup.
The cheese should be fine too. After 24 hours, the temp probably didn't get that high if the door stayed closed.

Eggs, milk, mayo, leftover foods and anything dairy based goes.

And really.... the freezer stuff should be fine too,if it thawed less than a 1/3. You can even refreeze food that has been thawed properly. You lose some quality, but it won't go 'bad' if refrozen.
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