Place A Quarter On Top Of Frozen Water Before A Big Storm To Save Your Frozen Food

by Johanna Silver
Johanna is a writer who lives, works, and volunteers in New York.

Hurricanes and other natural disasters can completely ravage homes, depending how close they are to all the action.

They can affect families in many different ways: power outages, water damage, or dangerous weather that forces them out of their homes.

Fortunately, there are plenty of people out there that offer aid during disasters by sending money, mailing supplies, and even providing hot meals like this couple did.

Sheila Pulanco Russell recently offered her help online in the wake of the destructive Hurricane Matthew.

She shared a great tip on how to tell if the food in your freezer has spoiled once you return to your home after evacuation.

All you need is a quarter and a frozen cup of water to gain a little more peace of mind in the middle of a disaster.

Check out her advice below — you’ll never know when it could come in handy.


In light of the recent Hurricane Matthew that hit the Gulf Coast, Sheila Pulanco Russell posted a helpful tip to use during natural disasters — using only a quarter and a cup of frozen water.

The easy advice can help determine if the food in your fridge has spoiled after a power outage in your evacuated home.

Check out the viral Facebook post below — it could come in handy should a power-cutting natural disaster occur near you.

“For those of you that are evacuating from the coast, I just heard a great tip. It’s called the one cup tip,” she explained on Facebook.

“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.”

Little tricks like this can make a huge difference in the wake of a natural disaster — no wonder the post went viral!

If you want to spread Russell’s advice, make sure to SHARE this post with friends and family on Facebook.