If you accidentally left some food on the counter, or a storm knocked out the power, you don’t actually need to throw out everything that hasn’t been refrigerated.
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When Hurricane Irene barreled up the East Coast in late August, many people in the storm’s path rushed out to the grocery store to get canned food and other non-perishable items. After all, in the event that the power did get knocked out, all the food in their fridges would have spoiled and needed to be thrown out – right? Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that. While milk, for instance, will spoil after a few hours at room temperature, some cheeses are safe to eat after the same amount of time. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service put out a special bulletin informing hurricane-stricken residents what they do and do not need to throw out in the event of a prolonged power outage. Apparently, not everything that you normally put in the fridge will quickly go bad if it gets warm. Photo Credit: Getty Images