When a major hurricane or storm is coming, packing up and leaving your home may be the safest thing to do. But, if you’re worried if the food in your fridge is safe to eat when you return, you’re going to want to remember this brilliantly simple trick that involves a quarter on top of a frozen cup of water.
If the power goes out while you’re away, the food in your refrigerator will be at risk. But, if the power returns before you do, you’ll never know if your fridge was running the whole time or not.
They are calling this 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 permanently. That way when you come back to your house 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 all the way 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 okay to eat. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time so that if you lose power for any reason you will have this measurement tip to fall back on to know if your food is safe.
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