We finally got our power back, a full week after it was knocked out by the freak thunderstorms that hit the area. I was able to save a lot of our frozen food by bringing it to my in-laws’ place, where they have a chest freezer, but I wasn’t able to save everything.
On day three, I emptied the fridge and freezer of everything that I knew would stink, and everything I thought would leak, and then moved in with my in-laws so I wouldn’t melt and die. Well, turns out that some things I thought wouldn’t leak, did leak, and so now I’ve unplugged the fridge to start the freezer cleanup. I’ve got a freezer full of frozen strawberry juice mixed with melted butter and the garlic-wine sauce that oozed from a package of frozen veggies - fun!
I’ve tossed all that, and much, much more.
But what, if anything, can I salvage? I had several closed containers in the fridge, and I’ll throw it all out if there’s a risk of it making me sick, but if I can save anything, I’d like to.
Oil-based salad dressings (balsamic, Italian, sundried-tomato)
Butter (which melted enough to leave the outer box translucent)
Bottles of teriyaki and soy-ginger marinades
Bovril chicken concentrate
Most of these things are so salty that I suspect they’re safe, but if anyone else has an opinion, I’d be very happy to hear it.
And should I toss out the filter currently in my Brita pitcher? I’m going to wash out the pitcher itself, but would stuff grow in the filter?
Oh, and any tips for successfully removing a stawberry-butter-garlic slurry from the bottom of my freezer without making more of a mess? The freezer floor has ridges, which will make it more interesting.