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My fridge is old and it's been smelly for the past few days. I keep cleaning it out and it continues to smell. This morning I took a swig of soy milk and it wasn't cold, more like slightly cooler than luke warm. Crap! We've been planning to purchase a new fridge and are preparing to do so tomorrow a.m. (sale at Sears), but won't have the it until Monday or Tuesday. We'll deal. It's the food I'm wondering about. Do I just trash it all? I bought ice today and put our cheese, some new soy milk and some other things in the cooler, but what about the salad dressing, peanut butter, eggs, butter... is it all garbage now?
 

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Peanut butter is fine. Salad dressing would likely depend on the ingredients (i.e. mostly oil/vinegar vs eggs, milk, in it). Butter should be fine kept cool, but it's main problem is oxidization from air (see <a href="http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=8133&itemType=PRODUCT&iProductID=8133&searchid=inceptor" target="_blank">butter keeper</a>). I've known people that keep eggs out of the fridge for a few days, but that's homegrown, fresh eggs not the stuff from the grocer's case. Guidelines suggest no more than two hours at room temp for eggs, although I doubt I'd be that picky.<br><br>
I bought about two weeks worth of meat (natural, good stuff!) just before our fridge crashed and burned last year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 
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