When disaster strikes, it’s really important to pay attention to your food store. If you are storing fresh food or food in its natural state, you need to keep it as cold as possible. Why? At low temperatures, microorganisms are slowed down so they don’t break down your food items. Regardless of the food that you have, there’s already microorganisms on its surface. The bacteria and molds are just waiting for the optimal conditions to break down that food item. Simply putting that food in a somewhere cold can retard the growth of these microorganisms and slow down or even stop your food’s decay. Here are four ways to keep food cold in a disaster.
Have a Dedicated Freezer for Your Food
For your shelter, make sure you buy a dedicated freezer. This freezer is only for food and no other supplies. Now, keep in mind that you cannot select your disaster. There are certain disasters where electricity is unaffected. There are also disasters where electricity is the first to be impacted. Unfortunately, freezers require electricity. You should invest in either a generator or several solar panels and a battery bank to ensure your dedicated freezer will continue to do its job.
In the event that your freezer is not working or you don’t have a freezer, the next best thing is to use a cooler. A cooler is a container that has a proper padding that retains the cold temperature of your food. If kept in a dark area, your coolers can keep food cold, but it ultimately depends on outside temperature. If you live in a part of the United States where it’s generally cool, coolers should be able to keep your food cold during a disaster. However, if you live in Florida, Hawaii, or the American South or Southwest, your cooler can only keep your food cold for a relatively short period.
Make Large Chunks of Ice
If you live in a cold part of the United States, and it’s the dead of winter, you can make large chunks of ice. Also, if you have access to electricity, you can also create ice. Outside of those two situations, however, making large chunks of ice keep food cold in a disaster is not feasible, if not impossible.
Store Food in the Snow or a Cold Stream
If you live in the northern regions of the United States where there is a lot of snow, or it’s very, very cold, you can keep food cold easily. Find a large deposit of snow and just wrap your food in a lot of plastic and dig a hole and bury it. After enough hours has passed, your food should be frozen or ice cold. If there is no snow, but the outside ambient temperature is very low, go to the nearest stream and see if it’s very cold. If it’s cold enough, you can wrap your food and dip it in the stream. Give it enough time; the food should have cooled down enough for it to be preserved.
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