If you are going on vacation, put a quarter on a cup of ice. Here's why

We've all been there: leaving for vacation or having to leave your house in an emergency, and going over the checklist in our minds... Did I turn the stove off? Have I locked the windows? Should I turn off the gas? Recently the USA has been experiencing some wild weather patterns and many people have been forced to leave their homes due to power outages and other issues.
When you come home again, knowing there has been a power outage but finding that all the food in your freezer is still frozen, how do you know that it is safe to eat? What if it has sat at room temperature for days, only freezing again when the power came back on? A woman from North Carolina posted this tip on Facebook, and it went viral, being shared almost 400,000 times.
She says you can tell if your food has been spoiled by using one simple trick:
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1) The One Cup Tip. Fill a cup with water and place it in the freezer overnight. Once it has frozen, leave a coin on top of it. If the coin has sunk to the bottom when you get home, you'll know that the whole cup has melted and refrozen, and the safety of your food has been compromised.
Daily Hive suggests a few other handy tricks you can use, too:
2) The ice cube tip. Empty a few ice cubes from your ice tray into a snap lock bag or a plastic container and leave it in your freezer. They will hold their form as long as the freezer remains working, but if you ever find them frozen flat, you'll know that the freezer was off long enough for them to completely thaw.
3) The ice-pop tip. Lay an ice-pop horizontally over another object in the freezer. If it is still lying straight when you arrive home, the freezer has been working fine. If it has sagged over the edges of the other object you'll know the freezer has defrosted a little, and if the ice-pop has bent all the way down to lie flat against the sides of the other object, you'll know it turned to liquid.
4) The water bottle tip. Half fill a bottle with water and freeze so the ice is in the bottom, then lay the bottle on its side. The ice will stay in the same formation as long as the freezer keeps working. Hint: you can do the same with ice cream. Eat half, and then lay the tub on its side. Yum!
5) The trash bag clean up. This one is especially good if you are expecting power outages. Put all the food in your freezer into a few trash bags, and put it back into the freezer. If it stays frozen then all is fine, but if power is lost and your food does spoil, the clean up will be as simple as pulling the bags from the freezer and disposing of them.
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Simple tips can save you so much trouble later, and any one of these methods will help you to gauge whether the food in your freezer is safe to eat. Which one will you use?
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