The freezer is a valuable ally for preserving food, especially if we don’t have much time to cook every day and we want to prepare healthy and balanced meals in advance. However, the poor preservation of food in the freezer, which we may not be aware of, can represent damage to our health that we should not underestimate.
How to properly store food in the freezer?
But, how do we know if our food is well preserved and that the low temperature is maintained permanently? For this there is a somewhat unusual but formidable trick that consists of using: a coin. The piece, in fact, is an effective indicator of the proper functioning of the freezer and can point out any increase in internal temperature responsible for the deterioration of our food.
To find out if there was a malfunction while you were away, simply fill a cup or glass halfway with warm water and put it in the freezer. Be sure to choose a dish that is freezer-safe so you don’t risk breaking it in contact with the low temperatures of the freezer. Once all the water has solidified, place the piece on the frozen surface and voila!
In the event of a power outage or immersion, the ice in the glass will begin to melt and the coin will sink and become trapped inside the ice block if the internal temperature of the freezer drops again. The presence of the part will clearly indicate if a problem has occurred within the device.
We remind you that in order to have a freezer that is always functional and efficient (also from an energy point of view), it is important to clean it frequently and defrost it completely. A freezer full of ice can consume up to 30% more electricity with a significant increase in the bill at the end of the month.
Here’s how to defrost the freezer.
The defrosting of the freezer is essential to guarantee the correct operation of the appliance and guarantee the correct conservation of the food it contains. Therefore, it is good to check the condition of your freezer from time to time, to know when and if it will need to be defrosted.
Here are some helpful tips to guide you in easy defrosting of your freezer:
- Empty the freezer, store food safely and unplug it
- Remove any ice that is beginning to soften with a plastic spatula.
- Cover the floor around the freezer with towels to protect it from water.
- Clean the freezer with a sponge of warm water and then with a dry cloth.
- At this time, you can restart the freezer