Food safety is of primary importance during and after a power outage. Keeping your food safe during power outages depends on the type of food as well as the way it is ideally kept (at room temperature, refrigerated, frozen, etc.).
The CDC asserts that food can stay fresh during a power outage for up to 4 hours in a refrigerator and for around 24-48 hours in a freezer.
While most minor outages are usually addressed and fixed within a few hours, a blackout or severe weather event can cause outages that last days or even multiple days. As a result, it’s best to have a working knowledge of how to keep your food fresh as well as a few ways to prep food for extended storage.
Below, Geneverse goes over some survival preparation tips that will help keep your food supply fresh and abundant.
Keep Food Stored Air-Tight
One of the most common reasons food is wasted is because it has gone bad due to poor/improper storage. This includes dry goods as well as goods in the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure to keep all opened food items stored in sealable bags at the very least.
Pro Tip: Invest in a vacuum sealer to keep your food fresh for the long haul.
Store Frozen Food
As you might have noticed from the information above, frozen foods stay good longer than refrigerated foods during an outage. Frozen vegetables and fruits are a particularly sensible choice when stocking your freezer – they have a comparable amount of nutrients as fresh vegetables and most produce is picked and frozen at the height of its freshness.
Frozen protein is another good play. For example, a whole frozen chicken will stay good for up to one year while frozen.
Build an Emergency Food Supply
Building your frozen food supply is a good first step toward building your overall emergency food supply. You’ll want to keep a good stock of nonperishable items such as canned foods, jerky, rice, oatmeal, wheat, beans, lentils, powdered milk, and other bulk staples that have long shelf lives.
If you have the extra funds, you can also invest in military-grade emergency food supplies – you can buy 30, 60, or 90-day food supplies. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even buy food reserves for longer stretches of time if you find it necessary.
Learning how to can your own food is another great way to be a little more self-sufficient, save a little money, and have a supply of food that can last for around a year or longer. For your self-canned food items to last the longest, make sure to keep them stored between 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make sure that you properly educate yourself about the best canning and food-preserving practices before canning your own food in order to avoid any emergencies or health hazards.
Have a Backup Power Solution for Outages
Keeping your food fresh is a primary concern when the power goes out, and Geneverse can help ensure that you never have to go without power, even during power outages and severe weather events.
Geneverse solar generators can power your refrigerator and freezer for 10-30 hours on a single charge depending on device and usage. Compare this to Jackery’s E1500, which can run a 200W refrigerator for about 6.5 hours. When you’re in an emergency, trust us, those extra hours make a big difference.
Our new HomePower PRO Series features ultra-fast recharging as well – 1-2 hours via wall outlet and 3-4 hours via solar. From now on you don’t have to wait half a day to recharge your solar power solution.
Geneverse solar generators can also be used indoors and are perfect for home use – unlike gas-powered generators that can only be used outdoors in open and well-ventilated areas. Solar generators do not carry the poisonous emissions risks that gas-powered generators do.
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Own a Geneverse
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Take advantage of our Emergency Preparedness Sale and get up to 35% off select Geneverse solar generators. We can provide you with the renewable power you need to run your home and your life, no matter the circumstances.
About Geneverse: Geneverse is the most reliable source of emergency backup power for your home and community. From the HomePower ONE power station providing portable access to electricity, to the SolarPower ONE as a source for recharging, never be disconnected from what matters most to you. Choose the size of Solar Generator perfect for you and your family. Learn more about how Geneverse and its industry-leading 5-year limited warranty can bring protection and security to your family on our website. Never face a power outage alone with a backup battery generator and solar panel from Geneverse.