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09 October 2015 @ 12:46 pm
It's a Freezer DISASTER!  
Our deep freeze has a wonky lower drawer that tends to stick out just enough to block the door from closing, so we always check very carefully that the door has been closed tightly. This usually works.

Obviously, this did not work the last time someone (likely me) got into the bottom drawer. I went down to the basement for some tools this morning and smelled something off, which led me to the freezer with the door ajar and the thawed meat and containers of stock inside.

Almost everything is now in the trash. I did check some things that were buried deeply enough with an instant read thermometer. I decided that a surface temperature external of packaging of 38 degrees F or less could be considered "refrigerated" and 30 degrees F or less considered "frozen" - in this way I was able to save the duck liver (refrigerated), two large pork shoulders (frozen), a box of Omaha Steak burgers (frozen), and some packaged quail obtained some time ago as a gift but not yet used (frozen). Everything else has gone.

The freezer is completing the defrost now. I will be disinfecting it completely, then disinfecting the basement floor around it and the floor drain that took in the runoff. Right now it does kind of look a bit like Dexter forgot to lay down the plastic sheeting...
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
Maia Cmaiac on October 9th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ay yi yi! Sympathy.

I once had a chest freezer get unplugged by accident. It was full of frozen homegrown vegetables. I don't know how long it had sat there unable to do its job, but after opening the first container of broccoli that had turned to sludge, I tossed out all the containers unopened. Putrefied broccoli is worse than putrefied meat.