This storm-filled winter may be half over, but that means hurricane season is right around the corner. Usually, power is the first thing to go whenever a big storm hits — and while some people decide to stay home and stick it out, others evacuate, leaving the foods in their freezer behind to rot.
But thanks to this super simple hack, you'll never have to worry about your food spoiling again. For this trick, all you need is a coin and a glass of water. Just freeze the water in your freezer, then place the quarter on top and wait. If you find the coin grazing the bottom of the glass, you should probably throw out whatever's in the freezer — but if the coin stays on top, you should be good to go.
How genius is that? As many of us know, leaving your home during a major weather event can be frightening, and the stress usually doesn't end when you finally do return home. But it's comforting to know that you can at least keep tabs on your fridge while you're gone — and ensure that you food you feed your family is perfectly safe.
How to Prepare for a Power Outage
If you are hit with a last-minute storm and you do lose power, how else can you maintain some peace of mind? Here are a few tips from the Food and Drug Administration on how to play it safe by preparing your home for a power outage.
1. Appliance thermometers. The FDA recommends placing appliance thermometers in the fridge and the freezer. You should check that the freezer temperature is at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit and the fridge is at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. If the power goes out, these thermometers should indicate whether or not the food is still safe to eat.
2. Group food together in the freezer. Keeping certain foods together will help them stay cooler longer.
3. Store food on shelves. In case of a flood, food that's stored higher is less likely to become contaminated.