Life without a fridge has become a little complicated, so I will have to un-complicate it starting now. What I thought would make the transition easier, winter, is what makes it a pain.
It’s not so much the amount of snow, which isn’t as much as we are accustomed to, it’s the cold that came with the snow. It’s currently 4F outside right now. The only thing I was storing outside were some eggs.
I bundled up opened the door to realize I needed to dig the door out to get it to open properly and just how cold 4 degrees was today…and promptly unbundled and thought I’d rather let the eggs freeze.
Of course that would be wasting food, so I argued with myself for a few minutes, bundled back up and headed outside to clear the doorway and get the eggs. They are really cold, I haven’t cracked one open yet, but my guess is that they froze. After some research I have learned it’s safe to eat an egg that has frozen as long as the shell hasn’t cracked, mine aren’t cracked so I guess I saved them in time.
While my research has shown only meat and dairy need to be refrigerated, I think eliminating the foods I’m not ready to chance without refrigeration (like eggs) would make this much simpler than trying to bring in and use up food before a cold snap.
Have I considered getting another fridge? No, I was even offered one by a friend who found one and stuck it in his storage unit. I wanted to give this a serious try before plugging something back in I may not need. For the most part I am vegetarian, I do eat eggs and a little cheese sometimes along with butter and honey which I don’t need to keep cold. So I will be eliminating cheese and eggs for the time being.
But I have to tell you, I have much more sympathy for past generations who had to not only grow their own food and store/collect it no matter what the weather. It also got me thinking about their outhouses. I don’t even want to have to worry about bundling up every time I wanted the bathroom. I understand why my grandmother had a bucket for inside when she was pregnant, can you imagine running out every couple of hours into the bitter cold to pee when you are in the last stages of pregnancy?