I’ve gone on month long vacations before and I always have the thoughts, “did i turn the stove off? Is the fridge working? Did the power go out? What did I do wrong?” These thoughts are okay, but there is something that will put your mind at ease.
According to diyeverywhere, When you come home again, knowing there has been a power outage but finding that all the food in your freezer is still frozen, how do you know that it is safe to eat? What if it has sat at room temperature for days, only freezing again when the power came back on? A woman from North Carolina posted this tip on Facebook, and it went viral, being shared almost 400,000 times.
She says you can tell if your food has been spoiled by using one simple trick:
For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer.
That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed Frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe.
Will you follow her advice?