How to Store and Cook Food without a Freezer

Written by Ralph Stokes on . Posted in Family

In life, it’s good to be prepared for the unexpected; one of the things we have come to rely on severely, and which we don’t even realize how important it is, is the freezer, or refrigerator freezer. But what would happen if your freezer suddenly broke, and you could no longer store large amounts of food? What if you were to find yourself in a situation with no access to electricity to plug in a refrigerator or freezer? You’d have to go back to the habits of our ancestors, who were confronted by the same problem, and thanks to whose resilience and intelligence we were able to enjoy certain foods throughout the year and thus evolve much faster as a race and society.

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Therefore, one of the first and most important discoveries people made about food is that you can pickle it, or treat it in such a way that it lasts for many months ahead. This gave them a better chance of surviving cold seasons when food was scarce. So if you don’t have access to a freezer but need to store food for some time to come, learn how to pickle vegetables and fruits. Your choices are almost limitless here, and you can pickle green tomatoes, cucumbers (which are by far the most common), cabbage, peppers, carrots and many more, all which are delicious as winter salads.

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But you can store your own sweets and desserts as well; making jams is a fun activity that the entire family can contribute at; you can all go to the market to pick the best fruits, help de-seeding them, adding the appropriate quantities of sugar, or supervising the pots on the stove. It may seem like a grandma’s activity, but you get a very good feeling of reward when you prepare your own foods; and even if you find all sorts of jams in the supermarket, we assure you they are rarely as nutritious and healthy as those you make yourself. Read the labels on store-bought jams and check to see how much fruit is in them.

If you have a refrigerator only appliance, you cannot freeze meat or vegetables for later use; this means you will have to cook with fresh produce most times, but you can also pack your pantry with canned foods, such as corn, beans, carrots, tomatoes, peas, artichokes and many, many others. Smoking meats is another fire-sure way of storing and keeping some meat handy as well; the process is not that complicated and you find lots of methods on the Internet, but you can also learn how to store smoked meats in animal grease, which acts like a preservative and keeps the meat perfect for consumption for up to 6 months.

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As you can see, there are plenty solutions for refrigerator only households, or for those who want to reduce electricity consumption to a minimum. More than that, these are basic survival skills, and they can also be an alternative to lots of store-bought foods that are never as nutritious.

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