Why You Should Keep A Coin In The Freezer: The Coin In A Mug Freezer Hack
Whether you are evacuating your home due to a local or national emergency or just leaving for a business trip or vacation, you will want to know if there was a major power interruption while you were away. If the electricity goes out for an extended period of time, the safety of your food and your health is at risk. The coin in a mug freezer hack will determine if the power went out and will let you know whether or not you should throw out perishable food items stored in your refrigerator and freezer.
The coin in a mug freezer hack
- A freezer-friendly coffee mug
- Tap water
- A coin (I used a quarter)
- Fill a coffee mug with tap water.
- Place the coffee mug in your freezer and freeze the water until it is solid.
- Put a quarter on top of the ice in the mug and leave it in your freezer.
- When you return from your trip, check the ice.
- If the quarter fell to the middle or bottom of a now-frozen cup of ice, the power went out for at least part of the time you were away and then came back on. This means the electricity was out long enough to melt the ice, to make the coin fall through, and to refreeze the water – all before it turned on again.
- Whenever a quarter has dropped farther down into the mug, inspect all perishable foods in your refrigerator and freezer. It is likely that you will have to throw them away.
- A general rule of thumb is to throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
- If you are not 100% sure that your food has been stored in safe conditions, get rid of it. As the old adage goes, “When in doubt, throw it out!”
- Keep this mug, ice, and coin in your freezer at all times and you will be prepared for when disaster knocks on your door.
When she is not helping others to slay fat, build muscle, and live amazing lives, Jennifer can be found exploring the outdoors with her dogs, cooking, traveling and playing/coaching lacrosse. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.