A penny for your frosts
Tuesday February 06th 2024, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Food,Life

I’ve seen this idea. I’ve thought hey, that would actually be a good idea. And then I’ve forgotten all about it.

Woke up this morning going, maaaan. The Crohn’s? A blockage after eating that bit of sweet potato? (Ding ding ding we probably have a winner. It’s an ostomy thing.) Was it something that should have been thrown out after the power was out for five hours Sunday? But we never opened the freezer, and then last night it was why save the good stuff when Wednesday’s another storm, right?

He said he seemed normal enough.

So it was just me, then, and I hadn’t eaten anything he hadn’t. I spent the day trying not to get dehydrated; by dinner time I chanced a little solid food. It was encouraging, and I should be fine by morning.

So. The good idea?

Take a paper cup. Fill it most of the way with water. Put it in the freezer. Put a small coin on top of the now-ice and add just a few more drops so it stays in place after the cup is put back in the freezer. (Edit: just put it there and the penny’s lower surface immediately freezes in place.)

If you have a power failure, check afterwards to see whether the penny dropped.

Better to toss the chicken than the cookies, but that way you’ll know if you actually need to.


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Yes, I had heard of that as part of hurricane prep: you do that before you evacuate, because the power might go out but be back when you return, and then you’ll know if your freezer was out too long while you were away.

Comment by ccr in MA 02.07.24 @ 6:31 am

I just put a couple of ice cubes in a cup.
If they are no longer ice cubes you know what happened and can take action accordingly.
Both ways work.

Comment by Chris+S+in+Canada 02.07.24 @ 8:04 am

Thanks for the tip. I hope you are feeling much better today.

Comment by DebbieR 02.07.24 @ 10:25 am

Very useful!
Yes I have done this too – I didn’t have paper cups, so I used a small yoghurt container.
I think I had heard about it from people with summer houses/cottages – where they may not be there for some weeks, and there could be power outages.

Comment by Lisa R-R, Toronto 02.08.24 @ 5:39 am

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