One thing Julie could do is freeze a tray of ice-cubes, and turn the tray of ice upside down in her freezer. When she comes home, she should check the tray. If the ice cubes are still in the tray, the food is safe to eat. If the trays are empty, it’s time to clean out the freezer. She will have to make a judgment call if the ice-cubes are only slightly thawed.