Nov 22, 2016
Over the past decade, Brooklyn's gone through a number of power outages due to winter storms, summer hurricanes, and sheer overload of the electricity grid during heat waves. And, each time people from Sheepshead Bay to Park Slope wonder aloud about whether they have to discard all the food they've stashed in their fridge and freezers. Brooklyn is, after all, a very foodie borough in a culinary capital. So, people take their food seriously.
According to the USDA's ABCD’s of Keeping Food Safe in an Emergency, you should always "keep meat, poultry, fish, and eggs refrigerated at or below 40." If you can't, it's safer to cook it (if you can barbecue it or cook it over a gas stove) or throw it away than eat it.
According to Con Edison of New York, already-frozen food will remain frozen in your freezer for 36 to 48 hours.