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Remember a couple of weeks ago, I said that we bought a deep freeze for out in the garage where we could store all of our seafood and crawfish boil leftovers?

Today, Scott asked me to take out a few of the redfish filets so we could grill them.

My first clue should have been the liquid on the garage floor, but my mind discounted it as runoff from one of the cars.

Then I lifted the lid and about passed out.

At some point, and it certainly seems like it was several days back, the braker got tripped. Maybe there was a surge during a storm or something, who knows. Anyway, it got tripped and it's on one of those outlets that you push to reset. The freezer has been off, out in the hot Texas garage, for many days. It was hardly even cool in there anymore, even though it had never been opened. All of the seafood had thawed and rotted.


Pounds and pounds of seafood and fixins just gone. :(

And now I don't get redfish and veggies grilled out tomorrow. (Oh, Scott's trip got cancelled at the last minute today so he's home for at least one day. YAY!)


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Jun. 8th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
I wonder how many watts you'd need on a UPS for a deep freeze? Hmmm. I have a UPS on a couple of my computers, and get an occasional popup saying it cut in due to a power surge, brownout, etc.
Jun. 8th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
If you lost a lot of stuff, your homeowner's insurance will cover the loss - and even the cost of the cleanup. And a new freezer if necessary. With fish, it sounds like it might be necessary.

It all depends on your deductible if it's worth it.

Jun. 8th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
Just the thought of that smell grossed me out...
Jun. 9th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
If you haven't cleaned it up yet, I recommend refreezing the spoiled things to reduce the smell, then bag them up and keep them frozen until you can put them out with the trash or haul them off yourself. My family has done that for years to make clean-up easier and keep the smell down.
Jun. 9th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Scott turned it back on immediately and said we'll just deal with it this weekend when things are refrozen.

Now, I'm just gunshy about using it. It's not so much that it probably has a nice rotten fish smell to it now, but rather what happens next time there is a power surge in a storm? Do we have to worry about our food spoiling all the time? Doesn't make much sense to have a freezer if it doesn't reliably freeze :)
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