(Minds) A simple life hack recently made its way (and is still making its way) around social media. Garnering well over 134,000 reactions and 265,000 shares the trick shows people, facing evacuation due to hurricane or other disaster, how to ensure that their frozen food is still good when they return.
Shiela Pulanco Russell of Lumberton, North Carolina, posted this tip on Facebook:
“For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe.”
The popularity surged on the back of Hurricane Matthew’s devastating run through the Caribbean and the south east coast of the United States, in which hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated ahead of the storm.
The storm crashed the Caribbean as a category 3 and 4 hurricane and eventually hit the United States mainland as a category 1 storm, with winds of 75 mph.