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.
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.
FREEZE SOME WATER
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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