URGENT: Advice needed immediately
My power went out yesterday around 2:15 PM and did not come back on until 3:00 AM this morning. We had very heavy rainstorms here in NJ yesterday, but have been having power problems on my street for a week (almost every time it rains the power goes out). Question: is my food in the frig and freezer safe to eat? I purposely did not open the frig once the power went out and only opened the freezer once for a few seconds. I drank some milk that I had bought about an hour before the storm and it tasted fine just about an hour ago (10:30 am).
My neighbor just called to tell me she is throwing everything in her frig and freezer away. She said her ice cream had completely defrosted and was starting to refreeze so it freaked her out and she thought it best to throw away all the food.
It was hot here before the storm, but the weather cooled off rapidly after the rain. I would guess the temperature to be in the low 70's last night. What should I do here? I really cannot afford to replace all my food and my freezer is full. Is it safe to eat? I have not opened the freezer at all to take a look; just wanted keep it as cold as possible. Tuesday we lost power for 6 hours, but this time it was 12 hours without power.
All advice welcome!