Refrigerating Food Without Electricity
Refrigerating Food Without Electricity
With costs rising, people are trying to shave off costs anywhere they can. Unfortunately, life seems downright unbearable without some of our most expensive luxuries. For instance, how much of your power bill is devoted to refrigeration? If you could find a way to keep food without using electricity, how much money might you save?
In the modern age, electric powered refrigerators seem like the only option. How many people do you know with anything else? Can you even think of another way to deal with your food?
Before this age,business electricity price comparison for people in bournemouth people didn’t starve though. They didn’t have abundant sources of fresh food at all times, yet they managed to get by. How did they do it? Lets talk about a few modern versions of old fashioned refrigeration technologies.
First off, not everything needs to be refrigerated. In fact, most of the things people put in their fridge doesn’t need to be there. If you’re going to eat your fresh fruits and vegetables within a few days, they are fine in a basket on the counter. Condiments, too. Really, I’ve never seen peanut butter or katsup ever go bad – and we don’t even own a fridge.
The only things I usually refrigerate are meats, dairies, and leftovers. Once you mix and cook and generally change food into something else, it tends to spoil quickly. Oh, but I said we don’t have a fridge, didn’t I? We don’t. I use something called a Zeer Pot, or “the pot in pot method” of refrigeration. I also use the weather to cool or even freeze items in cooler weather.
Pot in Pot
The pot in pot method is so simple it can’t possibly work like it does. You need 2 unglazed clay pots. It works best if they are different sizes, but you can use identical pots if that’s what you have. Plug the holes in the bottom, if there are any. Put water in the larger pot. Put the smaller pot inside. Cover them with a damp cloth. Make sure it’s located somewhere with good air flow. The busier the air, the cooler the pot will be. In the morning and evening, wet the cloth and fill the water level. Heat is energy. When energy is expended for the water to soak into the pots and evaporate – wicking it out of the space between the pots – it uses up that heat energy. As long as you keep that cloth wet and water between the pots, it will be noticeably cooler in the smaller pot than the room. The only downside is that the smaller pot tends to float, sink, and move around. It can be inconvenient.
A Zeer Pot is an African invention. It’s just like the Pot in Pot Method with one small adjustment. Before you add water between the pots, you add sand. Fill the space between the pots with sand, then add your water. Cover it with a damp cloth. Just like the Pot in Pot, wet your cloth and fill your water a couple times per day. This method works wonderfully and is what I use in the warm months. I find food stay good for about 1/2 – 1/3 the time they would in an electric fridge, with the exception of meat. It keeps a few days, just as it would by more advanced methods.
An old fashioned Ice Box works great in the winter (or even spring/fall if you have freezing lows). You just put a bucket of water outside to freeze every few days, and put it in the ice box with your food. You can makeshift this method with a simple camp cooler. A couple (or several) long, thin, tupperware type containers full of water can be put outside to freeze. Then, place one on the bottom of your cooler. Add your food, and cover with the rest of the ice before closing the freezer. It will work just like filling the box with ice, but without the mess when the ice melts.
Lakes and Rivers
If you have a lake or river close by, you have easy refrigeration. Simply take a waterproof container of some kind. Tie nylon rope (the water won’t wear it out as fast) to your container VERY securely. Tie the other end of the rope to a tree or other secure structure nearby. Fill the container with food. Drop it in the water. The water will keep everything as cool as a typical electric refrigerator. It’s not as convenient as some other methods, but it’s certainly effective.
Any time of year your highs aren’t any more than about 35*, you can use a freezer shed. Even if the high for the day is a bit above freezing, the frozen items in your shed will keep each other freezing until the temperature drops again. A Freezer Shed is just a shed, really. It needs to be totally secure against animals. It should also be as clean as you can get it, even if you keep all your frozen items in containers. With a Freezer Shed, you could buy or butcher all your meat for winter at once and it will keep for months. You could even stock up on “fresh” vegetables if you can get a hold of them cheaply in bulk at the start of winter.
There are many many more simple, non-electric methods of refrigeration. These are just a few that I found effective and easy to implement. If you have an idea, the best thing to do is just try it out. At worst, it doesn’t work. At best, you’ve discovered a new way to do things and maybe save your family some money!