Lost power last night, just came back home and it was on - but I was out since early morning so not sure how long it’s been back on (and so how long out). I estimate it was out at least 11-12 hrs, possibly as much as 16+. I only opened fridge and freezer once each (quickly) while it was out last night. I have some milk which I’m tossing for sure and I know some stuff is still safe like mustard, ketchup etc. But other stuff I’m not so sure - hate to waste food (for $ and other reasons) but don’t want to get too cute about it and maybe eat something I shouldn’t.
And yes I did some internet searching but the answers were a bit mixed/vague and again not quite sure when the power went out, so…
Some things i’m wondering about:
cheese (the individually wrapped for sandwiches stuff)
other condiments eg BBQ sauce, steak sauce, mayo
I learned that you can’t always go by “looks/smells OK” as I used to think was a good rule of thumb. But some sites I think erred way on the side of caution - for ex. one said in normal conditions, hot dogs once opened should be eaten within 4-5 days, and I’ve had hot dogs for weeks many times and they were fine (at least I never got sick on them and they seemed fine). ? Experiences/etc others have had?