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Keep the butter, toss the eggs: What to keep, throw away if you lost power after Irma

Keep the butter, toss the eggs: What to keep, throw away if you lost power after Irma

Here's What to Keep and Throw Out After a Power Outage

Keep the butter, toss the eggs: What to keep, throw away if you lost power after Irma

With millions of people having lost power due to Hurricane Irma,  thousands of pounds of spoiled food come along with the end of the catastrophic storm.

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Even for those who followed the golden rules of keeping your food safe, like keeping your refrigerator door closed and placing your perishable items in the freezer, some foods simply may not be worth saving after a power outage of 24 hours or more.

If you’re going through your fridge over the next few days, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of what food you can keep and what should be thrown out after a power outage:

Tip: Discard any perishable food, including meat, poultry and seafood, that has been above 40 degrees F for more than 2 hours.

What to throw out:




Sour cream

Cut fruit



What to keep:



Fruit juice

Canned fruits

Whole fruits



Vinegar-based dressings

Soy sauce










Raw vegetables

Fruit pies


Read more about food safety here.

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