Here’s Why You Should Always Place a Cup of Water in Your Freezer When You Leave Home

This trick is very simple, but yet it could very effectively tell you if a power outage has spoiled the food of the freezer.


Have you ever returned from a business trip or holiday away from home and noticed that there was a power outage during your absence? When this is the case, it can be difficult to know when the outage occurred and how long it lasted.

However, it is very important to find out, because the food in your refrigerator and freezer may have had time to thaw and spoil before the electricity returns … Fortunately, there is a very simple way to know!

A simple trick that could keep you away from troubles!

Facebook | Sheila Pulanco Russell

In 2016, when Hurricane Matthews struck the United States, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes, Sheila Pulanco Russell shared on Facebook a tip that many evacuees found brilliant.

No need to be a disaster to use it, however. This tip can help you as soon as you leave your home for more than 24 hours and you will know, in seconds, if your food is still good to eat after the blackout or if you should discard.

To do this, you only need 3 elements: a cup, a coin and water.

Facebook | Sheila Pulanco Russell

Sheila’s Facebook publication has been a hit and has received hundreds of thousands of reactions and sharing. Here’s her trick:

“For those of you who evacuate the coasts, I’ve just come across a terrific trick. It’s called the cup trick. You place a cup of water in your freezer. When it is perfectly frozen, place a coin on top and leave it in your freezer. Thus, when you return after the evacuation, you will know if your food has spoiled and refreezes.

If the piece has fallen at bottom of the cup, it means all the food has thawed and you should throw it away. But if the room is up or in the middle of the cup, then the food is probably still good. It would also be a great idea to leave a cup permanently in your freezer and if you have a blackout for any reason, you can rely on this trick.

If you have any doubts about your food, throw it away. The most important thing is stay away from any food poisoning. Please SHARE on your page. ”

Source: Newsner