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

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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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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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