Cold Food Storage Safety When Your Sub-Zero Breaks

Food Storage When Your Sub-Zero Breaks

When the unfortunate happens and your refrigerator stops working there can be a sense of panic about what to do with all of the food in there. Sub-Zero refrigerators have such a large capacity that it can be a little overwhelming to consider what to do about all of that food. Don’t worry! The good news is your Sub-Zero is made to be very efficient and well insulated. Under normal conditions you can safely leave your food in your Sub-Zero for up to 4 hours. Just remember to try not to open the door as that can raise the internal temperature quickly. Items in your freezer are generally safe for up to 48 hours. Again don’t open the door if possible. The FDA has a number of suggestions that we find very useful. Some highlights are

Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.

Food that is properly frozen and cooked is safe. Food that is properly handled and stored in the freezer at 0° F (-18° C) will remain safe. While freezing does not kill most bacteria, it does stop bacteria from growing. Though food will be safe indefinitely at 0° F, quality will decrease the longer the food is in the freezer.

Be alert for spoiled food. Anything that looks or smells suspicious should be thrown out. Mold is a sign of spoilage. It can grow even under refrigeration. Mold is not a major health threat, but it can make food unappetizing. The safest practice is to discard food that is moldy.

If you would like to know more we recommend looking here. When your Sub-Zero breaks, we will do our best to help repair it as fast as possible. Until then follow our instructions above and everything should be OK. If you would like to know more about safe food handling check out the video below.