Throw away your refrigerator! Oh, wait, the fridge is not as bad as the TV set.
Either way, if a time comes when you will have to spend your days without a modern freezing device, then you’ll need to know the alternatives for keeping your food unspoiled.
If you’re not a fan of the upcoming end-days theory, know that these tricks will perform great for off the grid living.
So, let’s dive right into it.
You are probably thinking that it is impossible to live without this must-have object.
If that’s the case, then I will let you know that nothing is impossible, and if you choose something and stick to it then you can make anything possible.
Here are a few ways to live without a refrigerator:
- Take advantage of the cold winter. You can freeze bottles of water and bring them in your house to use as a cooler. You can also collect small to medium chunks of ice and put them in a bucket and put different foods there so that they can remain fresh and ready to be eaten. Another great way to use the winter to your advantage is by building an ice house.
If you manage to pull this off then you basically own your personal ‘natural fridge’ where you can keep everything cold for as long as the winter lasts.
- Store your food in bags or in jars and keep them in a river or a well. This is especially effective during summer. This method usually goes really well with things like butter and cheese.
You will also need to check them from time to time and remove any spoilage that might appear on them.
I personally have been doing this while going on long expeditionsand I must say I have never had any problems with it and my food has always remained fresh and tasty.
- If you don’t have a river near your household, then it’s safe to find a cardboard or wooden box and store underground as many bottled and canned foods as possible.
In case you don’t have a cellar, digging a hole in the ground up to six feet deep should work perfectly.
Make sure that you seal the box so that water and pest have no breaches to infiltrate and ruin your stash.
One great food packed with protein that you can store outside of a fridge for up to ten years is pemmican, a Native American traditional food known by all veritable preppers and survivalists.
- You can make fruit jam and won’t have to worry about storing inside a freezer. Due to the prolonged boiling process of such foods, they can last for years if stored away from sunlight and kept at or below room temperature.
- Another important thing when living without a freezer, particularly during summer time, is to eat seasonally and only what you will consume in maximum one week.
Do not buy a lot of fresh produce, especially if it needs refrigeration. Instead buy things that you know will get eaten in the next couple of days.
Also, if you have leftovers make sure to eat them the following day. Don’t just throw them out when you can eat them as breakfast.
- The next one might come as a shocker for you, but you should buy as little meat as possible.
If you feel like you absolutely have to eat some meat, then you need to figure out a plan to eat it (especially) during the winter.
That way you’ll be able to store it outside and even stockpile it and eat it while winter lasts.
- Don’t buy milk without a refrigerator, unless you’ll be consuming it asap.
I never understood the need to race to the store and buy bread and milk.
Bread is fine, although I like to make it myself. But if you don’t have a place to store milk, then it will surely spoil.
If you love milk, then you can make friends with different neighbors who own cows and you can buy milk from them from time to time.
- Buy only spices that can be kept at room temperature. Salt, pepper and vinaigrette don’t need to be kept in a refrigerator and are always good when prepping a meal.
- Finally, if you have something that requires to be stored within the refrigerator, but you don’t want to own one, you can talk with some of your friends and make some kind of a trade to let you store something in their refrigerator.
This way you won’t have to buy one, and you will also have the chance to keep your food under cold storage.
I really hope these tips will offer you some guidance in case you choose to live without this incredibly practical device.
If you go down the rabbit hole and choose to live without a fridge (or you are forced to), you’ll require a great level of preparedness.
After all, the fridge would make the list for the most missed item in a household.
Would you live without a refrigerator if you’d have a cabin in the woods?
Would you find it hard to adapt without this must-have item?
Or would you rather adapt for the piece of mind your very own plot of nature would offer you?
Let me know your thoughts.