It may have been mentioned before, I am very diligent about food safety. Charming Suitor might occasionally call me the food police. This is usually after I have recklessly and wantonly discarded four day old takeout leftovers that he "was going to eat tomorrow".
To be fair, we come at food safety from very different places. He has a cast iron stomach, inherited from Reverend Charming, who can eat two week old pasta with chicken and pronounce it "tingly, but delicious", with no ill effects. I, as we may have mentioned, have a digestive system only slightly less sensitive than a fifteen year old girl with a breakout on junior prom night. I have been poisioned by many, but never by myself, and I would like to keep it that way.
But while I am diligent, I am not insane. I know the difference between a "sell by" date and an "expiration" date. I believe in trusting my eyes, nose, and mouth, and just because the cottage cheese says four days ago if it isn't fuzzy, doesn't smell off, and tastes good, I will still eat it.
Today I want to talk about the freezer. Many people think that because food in your freezer is frozen solid that it is automatically protected from bacteria etc. For a long time I did too, and only discarded food that I knew was really old, or was freezer burnt...and even then more because I knew they would not be delicous, not because I thought they might be harmful.
I have many freezers in my life. We have the upstairs freezer, for ice and everyday items. We have the freezer in the downstairs fridge, for stuff like frozen meat and veg to grab for dinner. And then we have CS's huge chest freezer for large cuts of meat, and bulk items. And there is the freezer at The Farm, where we spend most weekends.
And that is where the problem starts. Because two out of four weeks when we get to The Farm, our microwave and the bedroom clocks are all blinky. Meaning at some point since people were last there, the power went out. But for how long? Ten seconds? Ten minutes? Two days? The minute food in your freezer goes above zero, bacteria can start to grow. If the power goes out, and then comes back on a day later, your food will refreeze, and you will never know what might be lurking.
CS and I went to the Housewares show, and the minute I saw this little beauty, I jumped up and down and clapped like a child. CS pronounced it "made for you", and I investigated.
Say hello to my leeetle friend!
This, my Chickens, is the Freezcube, and you are gonna want one for every freezer in your life.
The premise is simple. You put this in your freezer with the small side down overnight, which will freeze the liquids solid, provided your freezer is set cold enough for safety.
(guess whose wasn't! THE HORROR!)
Then you flip it over, so the frozen parts are on top. Then leave it. If you check your freezer and any of the liquids have melted into the bottom, you know something has gone awry. The different colors are labeled based on the number of days you have to consume the contents of your freezer without danger, from 1 day to 14 days to THROW EVERYTHING OUT RIGHT NOW!
The simplest thing in the world, peace of mind.
And while you can get your own Freezcubes at Amazon , they have also sent me a few to give out to some lucky readers!
So, comment below with your own food safety tips, or confessions, or quirks, or any tools you use to keep the contents of your fridge and freezer safe for human consumption, and on Monday I'll let you know who is getting a Freezcube of their very own!
Your in Good Taste,