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Managing Food Without Electricity

For when there is no electricity, here are tips on how to handle your food properly.

Following a disaster like an earthquake, there may be power outages. Besides stocking on emergency supplies that don’t require refrigeration and special preparation, it is also important to know about food safety and how to prevent existing stock from spoiling right away.

Sanitation and Safety

Without electricity, food stored in refrigerators and freezers can become unsafe. At temperatures between 40 and 140  fahrenheit, bacteria in food grow rapidly, which when eaten could instantly make us sick. Thawed food could still be consumed if the refrigerator is cold. However, it pays to be extra careful and be wary of a food’s odor, color, and texture. Remember, that “when in doubt, throw it out.”

Dealing with your fridge

As much as possible, keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Unopened, the appliance could keep the food cold for four hours. Refrigerated or frozen foods should be kept at 40 degrees fahrenheit. To be safe, if you have a refrigerator thermometer, check the temperature of your fridge.

Use dry ice

The industrial-strength chill of dry ice is useful for preserving frozen foods whenever mechanical cooling is unavailable. Prior to power outages, one should know where to get the cooling agent. Twenty five pounds of dry ice can keep a 10-cubic-foot freezer below freezing for three to four days.

Always keep in mind that dry ice should not come in direct contact with food, and to wear dry, heavy gloves when handling ice to avoid injury.

Here are some of the local companies in Metro Manila who offer dry ice:

Blueice Philippines Inc.

My Way Dry Ice Supply

Philippine CO2 Industry

You can get your dry ice through their stores, or have them delivered to you.

Reach them through their website, social media pages, or contact them through their email address and phone numbers.

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