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This Trick Can Make Sure Whether Your Freezed Food Are Safe To Eat After A Long Holiday

This Trick Can Make Sure Whether Your Freezed Food Are Safe To Eat After A Long Holiday

Before going on holiday, there are so many things to take care about besides just packing your clothes and other essentials. You must remember to unplug some electrical devices, find someone who will water your plants and take care of your pets. But what may concern you most is the food stored in the freezer and whether it will be safe for consuming upon your return. Since you won’t be present in your home for some time, there might be some unpredictable circumstances such as a power outage which can cause your food to spoil.

If the power is out for more than 4 hours, your food is probably spoiled

According to www.foodsafety.gov, if your fridge o r freezer is not working for more than 4 hours, than it’s not safe to consume the food stored in it. Furthermore, if certain types of food have been exposed to a temperature of around 4 degrees Celsius or more for the time period of 2 hours, you should throw it away. It is not a good practice to taste the food to make sure whether it’s still good to use since it can lead to stomach problems. Then, what is the safest way to determine whether food is spoiled or not after returning from a holiday?

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With this simple trick, you can easily determine for how long the power was out and if it caused the food spoilage

If you have been away from your home for some time there is no certain way to determine whether the food in your freezer has gone bad due to the power outage. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and make sure that the food you left is safe to use instead of trying your luck and getting sick. That’s when this simple trick will come in handy.

All you need for this is a cup, some water and a coin. Before you leave to have a good time and unwind during your free days, fill the cup with water and leave it in the freezer. Once it has frozen, take the coin, put it on top of the frozen water and place it back into the freezer.

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When you return all relaxed and happy, the last thing you want is to get food poisoning. To be sure you can consume the food, take out the cup you placed in the freezer before leaving. If the coin is still on top that means there was no power outage, and you food is still good. If you find the coin in the middle of the cup, your food is probably still good to use since the power wasn’t out for a long time. However, if the coin reached the bottom, you should throw away the food as this signals that the power outage lasted for a longer period of time.

Before going on holiday, make a plan what food you will buy

To avoid throwing away a significant amount of food, make a careful plan as to what you will buy and leave in the fridge and freezer. Foods such as meat, poultry, most types of dairy products, and eggs can quickly spoil if sitting on a temperature of just around 4 degrees Celsius; thus you should avoid buying them before the holiday. Foods that can be safely used even if the power was out are certain types of hard and processed cheese, dairy products such as butter or margarine, canned fruits, fresh fruits that have not been cut, peanut butter and fresh vegetables that have not been cut or washed.

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Yet, even with all these preventive measures, you should be careful and don’t consume something if you are not sure whether it is spoiled.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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