Why Everyone in Louisiana And Texas Should Put a Quarter in the Freezer Now
Here in the South, we're not used to temperatures that are below freezing. I have found a quick tip that could make life a bit easier during the cold weather if the power happens to go out. If during the cold winter weather, your electricity goes out, this is a helpful tip to know if your food is safe to eat or not!
When the power goes out, if you wonder whether your frozen foods had a chance to defrost, or whether your perishable goods, frozen fruits, and frozen veggies are safe to consume, you’ll find it such a relief to keep a coin in the freezer.
A few days ago, the Old Recipes that Stir Childhood Memories Facebook page shared a straightforward but insightful tip explaining why you ought to put a quarter in the freezer right now.
Here is what they said...
- Place a glass of frozen water in your freezer with a quarter on top of it.
- Following a power outage, examine the cup that contains the quarter.
- You can safely eat your food if the quarter is atop the frozen water, indicating that it did not defrost.
- Your meal may not be safe to consume if the quarter is in the middle or bottom since it defrosted and then refrozed again.
Go to your kitchen and check the coin in the freezer if you believe you may have lost electricity in your house, or even if you're not sure and want to be sure!
The power was restored quite quickly if the coin was still resting on top of the ice. Everything remained frozen and intact. You can tell that there was a prolonged power outage and that most of your food likely defrosted when you notice that the coin has dropped to the bottom of the container. If you see this, throw out everything in your freezer and start over.
Here is a helpful video.
This tip and trick can be used anytime you are unsure whether or not the lights could go out during any type of weather.
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