Has it ever happened to you to return home from a vacation, a business trip, or a weekend away with the family and to find your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?

You probably have realized that the reason behind this is a power outage that had happened while you were away, but it is basically impossible to tell when had it happened or how long had it lasted. That is why you are not able to tell how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyed, and then frozen again.

Or is it?

In reference to the Hurricane Matthews that recently swept over parts of the USA, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell posted a clever trick on her Facebook wall with all people, including the ones who were forced to evacuate their home.

Not only for cases like the one with the hurricane, but this trick is also useful in case of prolonged departure from your home. This trick will make you feel relieved about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat or you should throw it out right away.

The trick is actually very simple and it involves combining three simple but efficient tools that everyone has at home: a coin, a mug, and some tap water.

Sheila has explained in her Facebook post how to perform the trick. This post has gotten hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares. Here is what Sheila says:

The people who evacuate from the coast should take a look to this great tip, called the one cup tip. Take a cup of water and place it in the freezer. Once the water is frozen solid, put a quarter on top of it and leave it back in the freezer. This will help you tell if your food has gone totally bad and just refroze or has stayed frozen all the time while yo were gone when you come back home after you had been evacuated.

Look at the coin: if it has fallen to the bottom of the cup, it means that all the food has been defrosted and you should throw it away. But, if the coin is either on the top or in the middle of the cup, then your food is probably ok. This trick is also beneficial regardless of the situation, and you will be able to fall back on it if you lose power for any reason.

In case you are still suspicious about your food, then it would be for the best to throw it out. We all need to put safety first. If you find this tip beneficial, share it with the people you know.

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