Oh no, my freezer is out!

Food in freezer
Food in freezer

Freezer failure can happen at any time due to mechanical problems, power failures, or human error. Regardless of cause, freezer failure means the loss of all or part of a large investment in food, time and money.

When you discover that the freezer is not working, it is important to determine why it is no longer working. Has the door been left open? A blown fuse, a broken electrical circuit or an accidental disconnection? Is the freezer over packed or full of frost build up? Has there been a power failure or did the unit simply die? In any of these cases, normal operation should be restored as quickly as possible and the food checked for thawing.

If the freezer outage is due to a power outage you will want to do what you can to keep all the food from thawing. If the outage is not expected to be more than 12-24 hours, avoid opening the freezer and cover with blankets or quilts. If a longer outage is expected, the food should be moved to a locker or taken to a working freezer (friends and neighbors), if available. Move food as quickly as possible using insulated boxes or cooler chests. Purchased dry ice or packaged ice can be added to help keep the contents cold for a longer period. If dry ice is used, handle it carefully and get usable sizes. Don’t open the freezer again until you need to replace the dry ice or until the freezer is working again. (For more tips on using dry ice, see If Your Home Freezer Stops.) If the freezer is in need of a repair or has died, the same guidelines for moving food or adding dry ice may save the food until a repair person arrives or a new unit is purchased.

Once the freezer is working or is replaced, check to see if the contents are still completely frozen or partially frozen. It is possible to refreeze many foods that have completely thawed if you are absolutely certain that they have been kept at a temperature lower than 40°F for no longer than two days (about normal refrigerator temperature). Refreezing food must be done quickly. It is best to set the temperature control to the coldest setting and once the food is solid again, return the setting to maintain 0°F or lower. Since refreezing may affect the quality of the food, it is a good idea to mark the refrozen food and use it as quickly as possible.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation and Oregon State University have guidance on what to do with thawed foods. Some thawed foods can be re-frozen. However, the texture will not be as good. Other foods may need to be discarded.

  • Meat and Poultry: Re-freeze if the freezer temperature stays 40°F or below and if color and odor are good. Check each package, and discard any if signs of spoilage such as an off color or off odor are present. Discard any packages that are above 40°F (or at room temperature). Refrozen meat should be used within three to four weeks and cooked to 165°F before eating. The same is true for refrozen sausage, bacon and other processed meats. Refrozen meats will probably be drier than other frozen meat.
  • Vegetables: Be careful with blanched or cooked vegetables. Bacteria can multiply rapidly in them. It may be impossible to tell by their odor whether they have started to spoil. Re-freeze only if ice crystals are still present or if the freezer temperature is 40°F or below. Vegetables should be immediately refrozen if they still have ice crystals. Discard any packages that show signs of spoilage or that have reached room temperature.
  • Fruits: Re-freeze if they show no signs of spoilage. Thawed fruits may be used in cooking or making jellies, jams, or preserves. Fruits survive thawing with the least damage to quality. However, fruits and fruit products are likely to ferment after they have thawed and been held at temperatures above 45°F. This doesn’t make them harmful, but it will change their flavor. They may be used in cooking or baking or for making jams, jellies and preserves.
  • Shellfish and Cooked Foods: Re-freeze only if ice crystals are still present or the freezer is 40°F or below. If the temperature is above 40°F, discard as bacteria multiply rapidly in these foods.
  • Ice Cream: If partially thawed, throw it out. The texture of ice cream is not acceptable after thawing. If its temperature rises above 40°F, it could be unsafe. The same is true for creamed foods and puddings.
  • Breads, Nuts, Doughnuts, Cookies and Cakes: These foods re-freeze better than most. They can be safely re-frozen if they show no signs of mold growth. Refreezing will likely result in some loss of moisture.

Marlene Geiger

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BS in Home Economics Education and Extension and from Colorado State University with a MS in Textiles and Clothing. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, quilting, cooking, sewing, and sharing knowledge and experience with others.

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  1. My freezer in Indiana in March has been unplugged for 6 days . Is my meat and veggies safe to eat after being thawed out that long

  2. Sharon, I’m sorry to hear of your problem. No, I’m sorry to say that likely nothing in the freezer is still safe to eat after being unplugged for that long. Food must be still cold, as if it just came out of the refrigerator, (40 degrees or colder) or it should be discarded. Sorry.

  3. Hey My fridge was out for maybe 24 hours. I had put some new food in it but it didn’t freeze when it went out. So I checked the temp in severa places in my freezer when it was out and in one place it was 40 the other places were colder. The food was egg noodles, cheese tortellinj, meat, breadsticks pot pies, etc. are the foods still good?

  4. I should also add that my breastmilk was on top of the freezer to the side and they were still frozen.

  5. Hi, I think if I understand correctly that the food in the freezer did not reach a temperature over 40 degrees? If that is the case, then the food should be safe to properly freeze. If the breast milk did not thaw, then it would still be safe to use to feed your child.

  6. I came home to find that my freezer has been out for at least 3 days. I have a thermometer in there now and it is registering 46 degrees. I moved the butter to the fridge and the vacuum sealed cheeses to the refrigerator freezer. Will it be okay to eat the cheese and butter or should I throw them away, with all the meat and seafood? 🙁
    Thank you ~

  7. Hi, the butter would be safe, but the cheeses may or may not be safe. I would discard the cheese and save the butter. Since I can not say the cheese is safe without question, I would say discarding it is the safest thing to do.

  8. Our upright freezer was a little open for a few days and the alarm was on when we discovered the mistake. I am curious if the chicken and ground beef that are still frozen are ok to thaw and eat?

  9. I’m sorry you had a bad experience with your freezer. When the power goes off or the door is left open, the frozen food helps keep it and other pieces in the freezer cold/frozen. Any foods that were still frozen would be considered safe to eat. Additionally, if a food still had ice crystals inside, it would also be safe. Large blocks of meat (think roast, whole chicken) thaw more slowly. Ground beef or other meats are a bit more risky because of the amount of surface area of the meat. But it it was still frozen it would be safe to eat. We often tell callers that they should plan to use those meats first (before other meat is purchased and used) so it can be helpful to mark the outside of the packages to indicate they were inside the freezer when the door was left open. Please feel free to call us for further discussion. thanks

  10. My freezer door was cracked open for at least a few hours. I noticed in the middle of the night and closed it and went to bed without checking. I can tell that my ice cream didn’t completely melt at least because it wasn’t melted flat. It does have an ice crust. I also had frozen pizza and other prepared foods in there. Are they likely unsafe? Is it ok if i cook them?

  11. My freezer was accidentally unplugged and I am unsure of how long. It was closed and had not been opened until today. It is a chest freezer, and the stuff on the bottom was still frozen. There are still ice crystals along the walls and the meat was still cold, as if it was in the fridge. Also, all meat packages are in sealed bags such as ziploc or vacuum seal. We opened one of the bags and there was no foul odour or off colour. Do you think it, as well as the other food in the freezer, will still be good to eat? Thanks

  12. I’m sorry to hear of your problem. Any food still frozen or very cold, as if it just came from the fridge would be safe to refreeze. You would not be able to smell anything “off” in such a short time. When the power is out, the chest freezer becomes an ice chest. He more food in the freezer, the longer time the food will last. Hope this helps.

  13. My husband left the kitchen freezer door ajar over night, about 13 hours. It’s a bottom drawer style refrigerator/freezer. The thermometer indicated the freezer had warmed to 59 degrees. Bacon, sausage, hot dogs, tortellini, leftovers, fruit, and bread were completely thawed and soft when squeezed. Vegetables, jars of broth, and prepared packaged food that will be microwaved like pot pies and mac and cheese were still firm when squeezed. Can any of the food be salvaged or should it all be thrown out? Are meat products more likely to make a person sick than vegetable, pasta, cheese, and pre-packaged foods? Thank you.

  14. My freezer door was not closed tight for 24 hours. Water all over garage floor. Chicken that is still 1/2 hard, can I refreeze? Chicken that is Cool to the Touch, can I cook immediately? (It is breaded prepared chicken breasts, individually wrapped, cordon bleu style.)

  15. Over a few days I noticed that my freezer had been going up and down on the temperature it h usually was on minus ,24 c then on _18 then up and down till one day I noticed it was on minus 6 c then that’s when I thought some of my food had gone soft .but not sure as I had been talking food out of my freezer in the morning for
    Dinner and was frozen but in the evening I would get a choc ice out and it would be quite soft do not sure if my food had been defrosting then freezing again . I have since had if fixed but should I throw my food out . As there is about £100 worth of food in it

  16. As long as your food was in a frozen state even though the temperature was fluctuating, it should be safe. However, you may notice some change in food quality. If the food ever got warm or you are in doubt, throw the food out as there is no price for keeping safe. Glad the issue is now fixed.

  17. We were out of town for 5 days. We came home to find freezer not working. The ground beef in the bottom of chest freezer was still frozen, but the roasts and steaks had completely thawed. I can’t be sure of the temperature but the meat was cool to the touch. I opened s package of steaks and there was no foul odor or color change. I fried the steak and it smelled good. No bad odor. Is it safe to eat? We bought 1/2 a beef from a farmer and I hate that it could all be lost.

  18. Crystal, I am always sad and sorry when we get ‘freezer went out’ questions. If food is safe to eat, it’s safe to refreeze. Here’s what to consider in determining whether it is safe to eat based on science:
    When you find that your freezer is off,check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly
    in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe. Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them.
    Since the temperature of the meat is not known and ice crystals were not present, I cannot advise that it is safe to refreeze and/or eat.

  19. I realized my freezer door was shut but not sealed for about 7 hours. Everything still feels frozen solid, except for a couple of things in the door and the ice cube tray that was close to the door. Ice crystals on all food/containers but there was condensation on the walls/ceiling. Would all the meat that is frozen solid and a container of broth that still is frozen be okay?

  20. Sometime yesterday when I was cleaning my freezer got unplugged. The chicken that I have up top has defrosted but is still cold to the touch. It was unplugged more then 24 hours, but close to it. Do I need to throw all the chicken out and try to salvage what’s left?

  21. Sorry typo in first comment. It was not unplugged for more then 24 hours but close to it.

  22. Martha, I am always sad and sorry when we get ‘freezer went out or off’ questions. If food is safe to eat, it’s safe to refreeze. Here’s what to consider in determining whether it is safe to eat based on science:
    When you find that your freezer is off, check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly
    in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe. Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them.
    Since the temperature of the chicken is not known and you do not indicate that ice crystals were present, I cannot advise that it is safe to refreeze and/or eat. You will have to make that call based on the additional information I have provided. When it doubt, it is best to discard.

  23. Oliva, I think you are safe as the time was short and you note that everything still feels frozen solid or has ice crystals. Here’s what to consider in determining whether it is safe to eat based on science:
    When you find that your freezer is off,check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly
    in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe. Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them.

  24. My freezer/refrigerator breaker tripped while we were out of town for two weeks. All food spoiled. Can you address how do we get rid of the spoiled food smell in fridge/freezer?

  25. Im just so upset we have an upright freezer and the door was left open in the summer heat. When we discovered the door open the bags of chicken were mostly all frozen except a few pieces looked thawed on the outer edge of the bag. The rolls of hamburger meat were thaw on one side and hard on the other side. I had hot dog buns and rolls that felt fully thawed. I just do not know what to do. I did not think to get the themometer out to check the thawed chicken. The bags are new and sealed so I hated to open them all up. I shut the door so they can refreeze. Do you think the food is safe to keep?

  26. Kristy, I am always sorry when we get these questions as there is so much uncertainty. The fact there it appears that most of the food was still cold or near frozen provides some hope. Here’s what to consider in determining food safety.
    When you find that your freezer is off or door left open, check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly
    in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe. Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them. I hope this will help.

  27. We had a power outage from Monday at 10:15am until Wednesday at 7:30pm, my chest freezer was full of beef, I opened it for first time when power came back and meat pkgs were still frozen, should I assume it’s safe to eat??

  28. Monica, I am so sorry. Finding the meat pkgs still frozen is really a plus and provides hope. Here’s what to consider in determining food safety.
    When you your freezer is off, check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe. Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them. I hope this will help.

  29. we recently had a power outage from Monday 12:30pm to mid day Saturday.
    We packed ice bags on top of all of our meat in the chest freezer.
    When the power came back on, we checked and the ice bags were still frozen with only a little meltage. We also checked the meat. The chicken was still partially frozen in the middle and groundbeef still had a firmness.
    I was not able to check the temperature.
    Would they still be safe to refreeze and eat?

  30. Alyssa, your quick thinking to pack your freezer with ice may have saved your frozen food. From what you write, it sounds like all of the food you mention should meet the requirements to be safe. Here are the guidelines for determining food safety:
    When you your freezer is off, check the temperature in two or three locations. Then take a look at the packages of food. If foods still contain ice crystals and/or if the freezer is 40 degrees F or less and has been at that temperature no longer than one to two days, then food that was safe when it was originally frozen should be safe now. It can be refrozen or cooked and eaten.
    If food has been held at 40 degrees or less but kept at this temperature for some time, examine it more closely. If the color or odor of thawed beef, pork, lamb or poultry are poor or questionable, discard the meat away from possible human or animal consumption. If eaten, the food may
    give someone food poisoning. Often you cannot tell by the odor whether vegetables, shellfish and cooked foods are spoiled. Bacteria multiply rapidly in these foods so don’t eat or refreeze any that have thawed completely. If ice crystals remain in these foods, it’s usually safe to refreeze them. However, the texture will be mushier, the nutritional value may be lower, and the flavor and color may not be top quality.
    If the freezer is above 40 degrees F and you know it has been at that temperature more than two hours, then the food probably is not safe.
    You mention only meat products. If you have fruits, vegetables, and bread. Consider this: Fruits and bread products are exceptions. Fruits ferment when they start to spoil, but a little fermentation won’t make fruits unsafe to eat. Fermentation will eventually spoil the flavor and odor of fruit. You can refreeze completely thawed fruits if they still taste and smell good. Or you can use them in cooking and baking or for making jams and jellies. Breads will be staler, but they still may be acceptable. Toasting, steaming in the oven in aluminum foil, or microwaving in paper toweling or plastic wrap will help freshen them. I am sorry for you and all others who were affected with long term power outage due to last Monday’s storm.

  31. Hi, my deep freezer was accidentally unplugged and we realized it less than 48 hours later. I don’t think the lid had been opened during that time at all. When we realized this, I threw away the frozen veggies (thawed but still cold) but thought maybe the Kielbasa I had frozen was still good. I put that into our regular refrigerator. Am I right to assume the kielbasa is still probably good as it was thawed but still cold? Thanks!

  32. My mom‘s freezer is not working to its full potential and not much of the food in there is frozen it is starting to thaw out and get soft like my turkey burgers. My friend said to throw everything out but part of me thinks I should keep some stuff in there. What should I do

  33. Karen, please look at these guidelines and determine what fits your situation: While the information is for a power outage, the information applies the same to anytime a freezer is not freezing food as it should. When in doubt, it is always best to throw it out. Getting a food borne illness just isn’t worth the risk.

  34. Hi, I just returned home from a week away and my freezer door was cracked open. This is a freezer that’s part of a fridge. It seems that the freezer has been running in overdrive this whole time. The oatmilk ice cream was a little softer than usual but it did not melt and refreeze. In other words, it looked completely normal just a little softer. Everything including the stuff in the door was frozen solid. Clear some melting had taken place at some point as I had some frozen fruit pulp in a bag and a tiny bit of it leaked out an made a small icicle. There was a fair amount of frost inside and ice had formed at the bottom of the freezer and around some of the packages. When I came home the temperature inside the freezer was 27 degrees F. Obviously not an ideal situation. Maybe it got above 32 degrees for some amount of time and then went back down? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have gone past 40 considering how frozen everything is now. But maybe the ice is some indication that there were times when it was above freezing? I know the most cautious thing to do would be to throw it all out. But my budget is in tough shape these days. And as everything is presently frozen solid, maybe it’s ok to eat it? Thanks for your help.

  35. Steve, it is hard to know what happened in your absence. However, from you description, it sounds like everything stayed in the safe zone based upon what you found. I’m glad you thought to take a temperature reading. For reassurance, see this article from LSU: While it refers to a power outage, the information remains the same regardless.

  36. I put some food in my freezer on Monday. When i closed the door I checked to be sure it was tight. however, on Thursday I noticed an odor and found the freezer door standing open. the freezer was completely full so when I put the additional food in it must have pushed the door open when it froze. Everything in the front was completely thawed. The freezer was iced up and things in the back were frozen. I had cooked chopped chicken that had thawed. Would that be safe to eat if refrozen? also, the bacon thawed. Would that be safe to eat after being refrozen?

  37. Deb, The chicken and bacon may not be safe and we would recommend that you dispose of both. Here are the guidelines for determining what to save and what to toss when there is a freezer issue: Even though the information was written for a power outage, the information remains the same regardless of how thawing took place in the freezer.

  38. Rachelle, thank you for your inquiry. The short answer is this: Most foods will maintain good quality if the freezer temperature is -10°F to -20°F. At temperatures between 0°F and 32°F, food deteriorates more rapidly. You cannot expect frozen foods to maintain quality for the maximum suggested time if your freezing unit is not maintaining zero degree or less temperatures. Improper temperatures for frozen foods will cause loss of color, texture, flavor and nutritional quality but will not cause food-borne illness. The two weeks you mention is definitely sufficient time for these losses to already have taken place at some level. I would advise getting the freezer replaced or repaired or moving the foods to another unit asap. Further, there is the potential that as time goes on, the temperatures may not maintain at 20F and rise. If that were to happen, food-borne illness would definitely become an issue along with food quality.

  39. My power went out. I didn’t open the freezer or fridge. 12 hours later my power is still out so I decided to transfer my food somewhere else. The ice cream was soft in the freezer, not melted but soft. It was still cold. Is this safe to refreeze? other items in the fridge had ice crystals. I see in your article it said the ice cream might not be enjoyable but wasn’t sure if this still applies since it wasn’t melted. thank you.

  40. Aeris, The ice cream will be safe to eat but it may have some larger ice crystals in it. If the softness is no more than what sometimes happens in the heat of summer while transporting it home from the store, you will likely not notice any change. I would keep it and after refreezing, give it a try and then decide if it is acceptable or not. Sorry you have had to deal with a power outage.

  41. This is a very good article. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to publishing more such works. There are not many such articles in this field.

  42. Hi. For some reason some things in my freezer have gone a bit soft when you press them but other things are still really hard? I first noticed something was wrong yesterday when I realised the bread wasn’t going hard in the freezer. I’ve got meat and fish in there. Steaks and mackerel. Any help appreciated.

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