Weather Tidbits: The Quarter Test
This Weather Tidbits explains a quick way to find out if the food in your fridge and freezer are good to eat after a power outage; through the quarter test. Before a storm, the first thing to do is fill a cup of water and put it in the freezer. Once frozen, put a quarter on top of the block of ice inside the cup. After the power outage, take a look at the cup and check its status. If the quarter remains on the top; the power wasn’t out for long and the food is still good in both the freezer and refrigerator. If the quarter is on the bottom; the power was out for a significant time and the food is no good. If the quarter is in the middle; the freezer may be safe, but freshness or fridge is iffy or questionable. It’s a judgement call at this point, and if you don’t feel good about your food, then toss it. However, the CDC & FDA recommend other methods to determine food safety.