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This is what food you should keep & throw away if you lost power

This is what food you should keep & throw away if you lost power
Open fridge with food / Karen Moskowitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images

If you too, lost power recently due to the freezing rain and power outages Montreal has seen over the last few days, you might be wondering 'What should I do with my food?'

If you've lost power, it's important to know what foods you should be keeping vs. throwing away (trust us, it might be surprising!)

So, before you decide to eat any leftovers or tell yourself that your food 'should be fine' once the power comes back, take a look at this list of what you should keep and throw away:

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Source: Tanja Ivanova / Moment / Getty Images


  • Cheese bricks, parmesan, sliced cheese, 
  • Butter & margarine
  • Yogourt
  • Fresh fruits & vegetables
  • Pies that contain fruits & cakes
  • Muffins & cookies
  • Jam, jelly & peanut butter
  • Condiments & vinaigrettes


  • Milk & cream
  • Soft cheese
  • Prepared vegetables
  • Prepared salads
  • Any pre-cooked meals
  • Soups & sauces
  • Eggs
  • Desserts that contain cream
  • Pre-cooked pasta & pasta sauce
  • Mayonnaise based condiments

For the full list, click here. Make sure you rummage through your fridges and follow these guidelines, Montreal!

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