There’s nothing worse than the cottage fridge conking out on the first day that you arrive. Oh, wait, yes there is: getting food poisoning because you ate bad deli meat from your broken-down fridge. If you lose refrigeration—because of a malfunctioning propane fridge, say, or a power outage—your food heads for the dreaded Danger Zone (above 4°C), where bacteria can rapidly multiply. Some items, you can salvage. Others? Better ditch.
Note: When you lose power, the fridge should still keep your food safe for at least four hours; the freezer, for at least 24 hours. Keep the door closed as much as possible.