We have kept an under counter 4 cf frig (and a 4 cf freezer -- residential haier/danby brand) off power for up to 10 hours while traveling in an RV. That is a unit completely full of already cold food. I might risk it if I could pack the fridge with the frozen nordic ice packs in addition to the food. It really depends on the food (whole tomatoes, whole onions, ketchup, mustard, pickles & similar... not mayo) and length of time as well as ambient temps For just a few items, I would stick it in a cooler and tote it home. Double bag in freezer zip locks and place in the coldest/non freezing part of your home fridge. We ran a dedicated under counter fridge at "home" for our food cart. Since we live in RV parks where we can dump our waste water in a commercial sewer and refill water from a commercial approved water source, I'm not sure how that counted but we kept a dedicated fridge for the cart. No one ever asked us about it. One HD asked if we tossed the food we cooked every night. We said yes, because we didn't have cooked up food left. we cooked to order. Best to pick up a dorm fridge to use as a dedicated unit for that at home. Then don't tell the HD. Don't lie if asked point blank, but you don't need to volunteer info. Since you would only open it to put the food in and remove the next AM, it should be safe.
post edited by lornaschinske - 2012/06/03 12:45:15