How to save food during a power outage

Posted at 07/18/2014 1:10 PM | Updated as of 07/19/2014 1:58 AM

MANILA – Typhoons such as Glenda, which hit parts of the Philippines on Tuesday and Wednesday, can cause power outages and put your food supply at risk.

Dr. Macario Diaz, a microbiologist and parasitologist at the FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation – Institute of Medicine, reminded the public to be extra careful when handling and preparing food during a power outage, citing the higher risk for food poisoning and other diseases caused by the spread of bacteria.

He added that even food in the refrigerator and freezer are unsafe to eat if the power outage lasts for several hours.

“Kadalasan kasi in less than two hours, pwedeng dumami ang bacteria eh,” he said in an interview on the ABS-CBN morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” on Friday.

Here are some of Diaz’s tips on how to save food during a power outage:

* Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. An unopen refrigerator can keep food cold of up to four hours, while a freezer can keep food frozen for one to two days.

* Consume the following items immediately: cooked dishes containing milk, soup, carrots or tomatoes; eggs and chicken (unless fried).

* Leave the following items for later: dried meat and dishes cooked in vinegar

* Cook the following items immediately: raw meat and fish. If possible, cook them using salt and vinegar so they can last for days. Ideal dishes include adobo (for meat) and paksiw (for fish).

* Another option for raw meat and fish: wash them thoroughly and place them in a container with ice. Treat raw chicken with extra care.

For tips on how to prepare storm-ready food, click here.