Guest Post by Craig Caudill
Prepping for any TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) has become pretty popular these days. Folks who live in the cities are not ready to move into the mountains, but still want to have as much knowledge as possible about urban preparedness. This article will address one of the aspects of preparation for some catastrophe that results in the power grid going down or possibly a simple, albeit extended power outage.
What do you do with all that food in the fridge? You must prioritize which foods you will consume first by the order in which will perish first.
· Fruits and vegetables are likely going to be some of the most perishable items in your fridge and they will need to be eaten first. These foods are also very healthy and will help give your body a boost in the nutrition department.
· Next, it is time to eat the meat you may have in the freezer. However, you do not need to eat it all within a couple of hours. If you leave the door closed, the freezer will maintain its temperature for up to 24 hours at least, maybe longer.
· If you can, preserve that meat by salting, jerking or drying it. This will give you a nice food supply to fall back on. It would be a good idea to read up on this now.
· Processed foods, i.e. packaged meats and such, are next in line. These can last a little longer because of all the preservatives they are packed with.
· Lastly, you will want to eat your canned goods. Any other food you may have stocked that is designed for long-term storage can also be eaten after you have exhausted your refrigerator supply.
This information may seem pretty simple, but in an emergency situation, you may not be thinking clearly. Modern conveniences have relaxed our awareness levels and if you were to lose power, it is possible you would not be prepared to think about going days without a refrigerator.
Craig Caudill is the instructor for the survival themed website Dan’s Depot.