Most of my friends do NOT have "Smart Fridges." A smart fridge can tell you if it lost power; the "dumb" fridges can't. If you were in the house when a big storm hit, you'd know whether or not the power went out long enough for food inside your fridge and freezer to spoil.

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But if you were somewhere else when it hit - or had to evacuate - you probably won't know how long the power went out. Do you chance it by eating the food anyway? Do you play it safe but throw out $$$-worth of potentially-safe food?

Try this cheap & easy (!!!) trick to ensure you're not chancing it.

All it takes is a cup, some water, and a quarter. Here's what you do:

#1: Put a cup of water in the freezer
#2: Let it freeze
#4: Take the cup out after the water freezes
#5: Don't forget #3 like I did
#6: Put a quarter on top of the frozen water
#7: Put it back in the freezer

And that's it!

-If the fridge loses power, but the quarter is still on top of the frozen water when the power returns, your food is safe.

-If the quarter is in the middle of the cup, your food is likely safe, but make sure to check it before eating.

-If the quarter is at the bottom of the cup, throw it all out.