Perishable foods

Food Safety During an Outage

A closed refrigerator can keep food cold for up to 24 hours, and a closed freezer can keep food frozen for up to 48 hours. So keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food from spoiling for as long as possible. Use dry ice to cool foods in your refrigerator and freezer during long outages – just remember to use gloves when handling, and never touch the dry ice directly.

Central Hudson filed revisions to its electric and gas rate schedules on July 22, 2022, to implement provisions for credits and reimbursements paid to customers affected by widespread, prolonged service outages lasting at least 72 hours and affecting at least 20,000 electric or 1,500 natural gas customers. Residential customers with service interruptions exceeding 72 hours will receive a $25 credit for each subsequent 24-hour period until service is restored. Additionally, residential and small commercial customers can apply for reimbursement of spoiled food and medicine with qualifying proof of loss.

Here’s what food should be discarded after a power outage:


Frozen Foods
Meats And Mixed Dishes
Still Contains Ice Crystals
Not Above 40°
Held Above 40°
For Over 2 Hours
Beef, Veal, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, Ground Meat Refreeze Discard
Casseroles With Meat, Pasta, Rice, Egg Or Cheese Base, Stews, Soups, Convenience Foods, Pizza  Refreeze  Discard
Fish, Shellfish, Breaded Seafood Products Refreeze, May Be Some Texture & Flavor Loss Discard
Milk Refreeze, May Lose Some Quality Discard
Eggs (Out Of Shell), Egg Products Refreeze Discard
Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Discard Discard
Cheese (Soft And Semi-Soft), Cream Cheese, Ricotta Refreeze, May Lose Some Texture Discard
Hard Cheese (Cheddar, Swiss, Parmesan) Refreeze Refreeze
Fruits And Vegetables:    
Fruit Juices Refreeze  Refreeze, Discard If Mold, Yeasty Smell Or Sliminess Developes
Home Or Commercially Packaged Fruit Refreeze, Will Change Texture & Flavor Refreeze, Discard If Mold, Yeasty Smell Or Sliminess Developes
Vegetable Juices Refreeze Discard If Above 50°F For Over 8 Hours
Home Or Commercially Packaged Or Blanched Vegetables Refreeze, Will Change Texture & Flavor Discard If Above 50°F For Over 8 Hours
Baked Goods
Baking Ingredients:
Flour, Cornmeal, Nuts Refreeze Refeeze
Pie Crusts, Breads, Rolls, Muffins, Cakes (No Custard Fillings) Refreeze Refreeze
Cakes, Pies, Pastries With Custard Or Cheese Filling, Cheesecake Refreeze Discard
Commercial And Homemade Bread Dough Refreeze, May Lose Some Quality Refreeze, Considerable Quality Loss
Refrigerator Foods
Food Still Cold, Held At  40°F
Or Above
Under 2 Hours
Held Above 40°F
For Over 2 Hours
Milk, Cream, Sour Cream, Buttermilk, Evaporated Milk, Yogurt Keep Discard
Butter, Margarine Keep Keep
Baby Formula, Opened Keep Discard
Eggs, Egg Dishes, Custards, Puddings Keep Discard
Hard And Processed Cheeses Keep Keep
Soft Cheese, Cottage Cheese Keep Discard
Fruits & Vegetables:    
Fruit Juices, Opened; Canned Fruits, Opened; Fresh Fruits Keep Keep
Vegetables, Cooked; Vegetable Juice Opened Keep Discard After 6 Hours
Baked Potatoes Keep Discard
Fresh Mushrooms, Herbs, Spices Keep Keep
Garlic, Chopped In Oil Or Butter Keep Discard
Meat, Poultry, Seafood:    
Fresh Or Leftover Meat, Poultry, Fish, Or Seafood Keep Discard
Lunchmeats, Hot Dogs, Bacon, Sausage, Dried Beef Keep Discard
Canned Meats (Not Labeled “Keep Refrigerated” But Refrigerated After Opening) Keep Discard
Canned Hams Labeled “Keep Refrigerated” Keep Discard
Mixed Dishes, Side Dishes:    
Casseroles, Soups, Stews, Pizza With Meat Keep Discard
Meat, Tuna, Shrimp, Chicken, Egg Salad Keep Discard
Cooked Pasta, Pasta Salads With Mayonnaise Or Vinegar Base Keep Discard
Gravy, Stuffing Keep Discard
Pies, Breads:    
Cream Or Cheese Filled Pastries And Pies Keep Discard
Fruit Pies Keep Keep
Breads, Rolls, Cakes, Muffins, Quick Breads Keep Keep
Refrigerator Biscuits, Rolls, Cookie Dough Keep Discard
Sauces, Spreads, Jams:    
Mayonnaise, Tartar Sauce, Horseradish Keep Discard If Above 50°F For Over 8 Hours
Opened Salad Dressing, Jelly, Relish, Taco And Barbeque Sauce, Mustard, Catsup, Olives Keep Keep