Why you should always put a coin in the freezer before you leave home.

Have you ever gone away for a few days and returned to find that the digital clock needed to be reset?

Chances are you’re aware of the power outage that happened while you were away, but you can’t figure out the exact time it happened or how long it lasted.

It is not possible to know the duration of time the food was in the refrigerator when it got hot, cooled down, and started to spoil.

Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a valuable tip on her Facebook wall for those who had to evacuate their homes.

The advice will ease your worries about the safety of the food in your freezer and whether you should discard it immediately. It’s also handy to have in case you’ll be away from home for a while.

At home, everyone has three common yet useful items: a cup, a coin, and some tap water. These items are the secret ingredient.

Sheila shared on Facebook how to move forward, gaining lots of reactions and shares.

“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.”

Don’t forget to pass on this helpful tip to your loved ones – it could make a big difference in someone’s life.

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