I'm in Florida, and as you may know, we've had a rough few years with all the hurricanes. We're expected to have another harsh season, which means many power outages. I'm working so hard to build up my freezer supply after all the problems I had, and I am terrified that with one storm I'll wipe out all my hard work if the power goes out.
So, what are the guidelines for freezing milk, thawing it, and using it? I don't have a deep freeze at the moment, although I'm hoping to get one before any major storms. I do have a freezer on my fridge that has a separate door, and it does get VERY cold in there! I'm sure you all know it doesn't take long to thaw a 3 ounce bag of milk, so what if it thawed partially? Would it be Ok to refreeze it? Or does it HAVE to be used within 24 hours. Do you all use it within the 24 hours after it thaws, or have you kept it longer?
It has taken me a week to get a 1 day supply in there, and although it's better then nothing, a little bit each day does add up. I would be heart broken if all that work went down the drain without even being able to use it.
We do have a generator, but sometimes the storm can be so bad that the power has been out for several hours before we're able to go outside, get it started, and start restarting our appliances (including the fridge/freezer). What if the freezer has been off for several hours, but everything still appears frozen?
In preparation of a storm I usually freeze giant ice cream pails to make big blocks of ice to keep things cold until we get the generator going. Would barricading all my milk amongs giant ice blocks keep it frozen enough for a few hours, or am I pushing my luck?
Today is the start of the '06 hurricane season, and as you might have guessed, I'm starting to stress about it already.