Preparedness Quick Tip #43: Freeze Some Water

Summer’s here, and the living is frantic for those of  you with big gardens, isn’t it? Not only are you trying to keep all the bugs away to protect your crops, harvest season is upon us and that means tons of produce coming in and needing to be taken care of.

PQT #43: Freeze some water to save your frozen food in the case of a power outage. Find out more @ Momwithaprep.com

If you’re like me, you don’t like to limit your food storage to only dried or canned food. If you’re like me, you take full advantage of the modern convenience of having a freezer and using it as an additional means of preserving food for your family. In fact, I encourage you to make the freezer a part of your food storage plan.

For our part of the country, we have to worry more and more about power outages due to thunderstorms in the area as well as rolling brown-outs if temperatures get too high and the electric companies begin rationing out electricity to residents during the day. And if you live where we do, sometimes it can rain 100 miles and we’ll lose our power due to old lines that should be updated. But that can mean you are putting your freezer storage at risk.

Which brings me to this week’s Preparedness Quick Tip.


Like with any food storage option, there is a drawback and a power failure is the arch nemesis of freezer storage. So I encourage you to begin placing mostly full bottles of water in your freezer. Don’t fill them up all the way because you do need to leave some headspace for expansion. Use soda bottles or smaller water bottles to create large, frozen ice blocks in your freezer spaces.

This will allow your freezer to stay frozen longer in the even of a power failure until such time you get your power back or can eat and/or preserve what’s in the freezer.

I don’t recommend milk bottles or the newer water bottles designed to degrade in landfills quickly, as they may burst in your freezer. While this isn’t a total loss since it is just water,  you still don’t want that mess to deal with.

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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