Works for Me: Ice Cubes as a Freezer Monitor

My family buys a 1/4 side of beef every year, and we also stock up on groceries when they are on sale and put them in the freezer.  I also regularly make freezer meals.  Simply put, our freezer contents are very valuable to us. 

I read somewhere that if you take ice cubes and put them in a Ziplock bag, you can use them to monitor your freezer conditions.  For instance, if you go out of town for a week and come home to find all of the ice cubes melted and refrozen in a solid block in the freezer bag, you know your power was out for a significant amount of time, and the freezer contents may no longer be good. 

This is a simple, low cost method to monitor my freezer contents when we have been away from home for an extended period.  Works for me.


  1. such a simple but great idea..thanks!

  2. I never even thought of monitoring this. I can always tell if the power goes out (very, very rare) by the flashing clock radio by my bed, LOL.

    Of course, I don’t have a lot of costly meat in my freezer.

  3. Best. Tip. Ever. Why didn’t I think of it?

    P.S. How are your blueberry bushes? Mine are still tiny but they look healthy and have new growth.

    • Melissa says:

      My mom put two of the blueberry bushes in a pot together until she could figure out where she wanted to plant them, and then she forgot about them until two weeks ago when she found them dead. 🙁 She talked to someone who is hopefully going to give her some more blueberry bushes, so we will try again. I wish we weren’t out the $20 we paid for them, but she was nice to agree to plant them at her house since we don’t have a house. Keep me posted on how yours do!

  4. great idea. I had never head this.

  5. What a great, simple idea!

  6. Great simple and economical tactic, which IMO are the best kind. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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