We rely heavily on having electricity for so many things. We know that power is one of the first things to go during a storm. Sometimes this means leaving your home until the electricity returns. Then you wonder how long the power was off and if you need to empty your refrigerator and freezer. There is an easy way to know...

A lot of the decision depends on how thawed out it became while your power was off. If your food stays frozen, it will be fine. But, if the power comes back on and refreezes the food, it can be difficult to tell whether the food was actually thawed and possibly unsafe.

With just one simple and easy trick, you can get a pretty good idea if food is safe or not. All you need is a quarter and a glass or cup of water. Start by freezing the cup of water in your freezer. Then, simply place the quarter on top.

If you have to leave your home due to a power outage, the water in the cup will eventually begin to melt. If the power comes back on, it will refreeze the water. But, with the quarter on top, you will know just how much the water melted before the power came back on. If the quarter is at the bottom of the glass, you will need to throw the food away. However, if it is still at the top, you are probably good to go!

Obviously, you should still be careful about using your food after a power outage...better safe than sorry.