Here’s Why You Should Always Leave A Coin In The Freezer Before You Leave The House. Genius!
Have you ever come home from vacation, business trip or maybe a weekend away with the family – and noticed your digital clocks flashing the wrong time?
You quickly realize that you had a power outage while you were away, but it’s basically impossible to tell when it occurred or how long it lasted. It’s therefore also impossible to tell just how long the food in your freezer may have thawed, gotten destroyred, and then frozen again.
Or is it?
In connection with Hurricane Matthews which recently swept over parts of the United States, a woman named Sheila Pulanco Russell shared a clever trick on her Facebook wall with anyone who was forced to evacuate their home.
But the trick is certainly also good to know in case of any prolonged departure from your home – and will ease your mind about whether or not the food in your freezer is good to eat – or best be thrown out right away.
Today you’ll discover a way to find out if – and how long your freezer was without electricity!
You will be able to find out whether the food may be consumed or was too long being in warm.
The trick lies in the magical combination of three simple but effective tools everyone already has at home.
For this you need:
- A cup
Pour water into a bowl and place in the freezer to freeze. When in the cup remains only ice, put a coin on the top of the cup and then return it to the freezer.
When, for example, after the holidays back home, before eating food from the freezer, look where the coin is!
If the coin is still at the top you are good to go, but… If the coin is now at the bottom of a cup, it means that electricity was out for a long time, so the water completely dissolved, and the coin sinks all the way to the bottom. Then it is better not to consume the foods from the freezer.
Brilliant trick, easy to use. Especially useful when you go on a long trip!
In a Facebook post which quickly received hundreds of thousands of reactions and shares, Sheila explains how to proceed. She writes:
“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.
Source: simplecapacity.com, en.newsner.com
You Are Eating Poison! Here’s How To Identify GMO Tomatoes In 2 Easy Steps
Experts around the world agree that we should eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. However, the market is flooded with GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) fruits and vegetables, despite the fact that many different studies have shown that GMO products can seriously affect our overall health!
Do you really know what you eat? Unfortunately, most people can not identify the GMO tomatoes or other GMO products, so in this article we are going to show you how to distinguish between them.
How Safe Are GMOs?
There are two very different views when it comes to the health and safety of genetically modified food — industry leaders and scientists who support GMOs, and those who believe that GMOs are harmful. Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals.
Note: Most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe. In fact, in more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Mexico, Peru, Japan and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.
How To Identify GMO Products — GMO Labeling
By reading the PLU code, or price lookup number printed on the sticker, you can tell if a product was conventionally grown, organically grown, or genetically modified.
- Conventionally grown fruits and vegetables (grown with fertilizers, pesticides, fungicidess, antibiotics, hormones), are labeled with a four digits code. For instance, a banana is labeled with the code: 4011.
- Organic fruits and vegetables (produced without synthetic chemicals), are labeled with a five digits code, starting with the number 9. An organic banana would be: 94011
- Genetically modified (GMO) fruits and vegetables are labeled with a five digits code, starting with the number 8. A genetically modified banana would be: 84011
Note: These tips are very important, as currently more than 80 percent of processed foods in the United States have been genetically modified. In many European countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Italy, the production and sale of GMO products is banned.
Simple Tricks to Remove Pesticides From Your Fruits and Vegetables
The first list which is called Dirty Dozen contains 12 items that you should buy organic.
The twelve Dirty Dozen items are the following: apples, strawberries, celery, grapes, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas (imported) and potatoes.
Fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides are the following: avocados, sweet corn, cabbage, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), onions, mangos, asparagus, papayas, eggplant, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
In the text bellow, read some simple tricks how to remove pesticide residues from the fruits and vegetables.
You should put about 1 cup white vinegar in a bowl and leave the fruits and vegetables in for 15 minutes. After that, wash them well under water. This is great to remove the pesticides because white vinegar kills around 98% of the bacteria on fruits and vegetables.
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda is the second option. You should mix 1 tablespoon soda in a bowl and leave the fruits and vegetables in for about 15 minutes. After that, wash them well under running water.