JUST IN: Electric out? Save your food

SANDUSKY Is your power still out? It could be for a while. Here are some tips on how
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Is your power still out? It could be for a while.

Here are some tips on how to save the food you have in your freezers and refrigerators (Hint: A local dairy may be your answer.)

-Meat, poultry, dairy, fish and eggs are quickest to go. They should be kept at 40 degrees or below.

-Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. An unopened refrigerator will keep food chilled for about four hours. An unopened freezer will keep food frozen for 48 hours if it's full and 24 hours if it's half full.

-Dry or block ice can keep it cold for longer.

Toft's Dairy has several hundred pounds of dry ice in stock and locals are already getting dibs on some.

The general manager of the dairy said people are "frantic" to save their food.

A 5-pound hunk of dry ice ($6.25) will keep a refrigerator or freezer chilled for 24 hours.

Call Toft's Dairy at 625-5490 for information or drop in at 3717 Venice Road. Make sure to bring along gloves and a cooler.

Almost 1600 residents in Erie County are without power after high winds knocked down power lines and  trees yesterday.

“It‘s probably a little bit more than what we expected,” Ohio Edison's Gary Mortus said.

Ohio Edison has contractors clearing tree limbs to reach the downed lines and should have power restored by Wednesday.

Check back here for further updates.