With all the excitement that accompanies a family vacation, we often forget to worry about something very important: the food in the refrigerator. The last thing you want is to come home to a fridge full of rotten food after a relaxing trip. You never know what might happen when you’re away. There could be a power outage that compromises your food, and you have no way of knowing. The next time you go on vacation , there is a trick you can use to help keep your family safe from spoiled food once you return.

Food safety tip when you go on vacation

A woman shared a brilliant idea on Facebook. All you need is a coin and some tap water. He wrote, “I just heard some great advice. It’s called ‘One Cup Tip’. Put a cup of water in the freezer until it is all frozen and then put a coin on it and put it in your freezer. ”

Using this trick before leaving home for an extended period definitely has its benefits. It is simple and it may even sound silly, but it gives you the answer you are looking for to know if your food was not altered from its proper refrigeration to be maintained and be safe to be ingested when they return.

She shared: “When you come back after you’ve left the house alone for a period of time, there is a way to tell if your food got into hot temperatures and then froze again, or if it always stayed frozen while you were gone. If the coin has fallen to the bottom of the cup, it means that all the food entered at low temperatures, defrosting and / or entering room temperature if it is in the lower part of the refrigerator, and entering states of putrefaction and perhaps you should throw it away. But if the coin is on top or in the middle of the cup, then your food might still be fine. ”

She continued, “It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if the power goes out for any reason, you will have this advice you can turn to to keep your food under control. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is that everyone is safe from a food that can make you sick, especially if it is meat and dairy ”.

This trick gives you a way to find out if your home’s power went out while you were gone and if the food in your refrigerator is safe to eat.

According to the FDA, refrigerated foods should be safe as long as the power has not been out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door has been closed. The FDA also recommends throwing out any perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or leftovers that have been in temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour or more.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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