We are finally back home after becoming no electricity refugees for 5 days following this storm and have been cleaning up around the house.
It’s time to go through the fridge and decide what’s bad and what can be saved. I came by and put a bag of ice in the freezer and fridge each day. The stuff in the freezer fared impressively well; almost everything in there never thawed (except for a couple of ice cream sandwiches), and I know this because there was a small bag of ice cubes in there from before the storm that never melted. The fridge, not so much. The bag of ice I put in each day was completely melted each time I put in a new one.
We already tossed the obvious stuff: the vegetables were all rotted, the cheese was moldy, the milk and eggs went right in the trash, a few breakfast sausages I had in there were easy calls as well, some old mayonnaise, pretty much everything that was in there we tossed.
Here’s what remains: some pickled cocktail onions, a jar of olives, a jar of capers, some individually-wrapped American cheese slices, a jar of raspberry preserves, a half pound of butter, a bottle of Sunny D, and a whole door full of assorted condiments (ketchup, mustard, bottle BBQ sauce, soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, vegetarian Worcestershire, a few other items). Everything except the preserves had already been opened.
What can we save?
Here’s what I’m thinking: the onions, olives, and capers are sitting in jars of brine, I can’t imagine anything bad happening to them after a few days in a lukewarm fridge. The cheese, I’m fairly certain that shit doesn’t go bad. The preserves-- they’re preserves! The butter, I feel that’s fine-- people leave butter out on their table. The Sunny D, I sipped at it and it tastes fine to me (plus, I’m just going to add vodka to it anyway). The condiments, I feel like most of that stuff doesn’t really even need to be refrigerated.