You work hard to stretch your grocery dollars, but theres no way
around it meat is expensive. When you find a good deal, or if youre
preparing for an emergency, you stockpile. Also, if youre a hunter
like most of the people in my family are, you probably bring in
Regardless of how much meat you have in the freezer a lot or a
little when emergency strikes, you dont want it to go bad.
Storing Meat Without Refrigeration In Hot Areas
How can I store meat in Florida with no refrigeration? Your
attic is not cool, your storage building is not cool, and if you go
underground it is still only about 68F if you are lucky. Can you
please give me some ideas?
Yes, Frank, you got it right! This isnt much of an issue if
you lose power because off a blizzard in Connecticut in February.
Thats an entirely different set of worries, but keeping meat cold
isnt one of them. But if you lose it because of a hurricane in Florida or
Texas or the Bahamas in September, you have a problem. I
know it because I live in Florida too.
Once meat defrosts, youre on a pretty strict time-clock,
especially if you dont have a fridge. There are, of course,
refrigeration units that you can build that dont need power, but
chances are good that if youre reading this, youre probably a
little too far behind the eight ball for that kind of info to do
you any good.
Here are some tips that may help you get a bit more mileage
before your meat goes bad. None of them are long-term solutions to
refrigerating meat without power, but theyll help you get through a
Freeze Jugs and Baggies of Water
If you know the emergency is coming and you have meat stored in
your refrigerator, prepare. Block ice melts much slower than
bagged, cubed ice, plus youre probably not going to be able to lay
hands on a bag of ice for two hundred square miles.
I save milk jugs and juice jugs (a couple of different sizes)
and fill them with water. I usually fill some quart-sized baggies,
too, then I freeze them. Typically, it takes a day or a day and a
half for the milk jugs to freeze all the way through, and less for
the smaller containers and baggies.
I realize you may not have much room in your freezer to hold the
jugs, but since youre only a few days away from the storm, Throw
the frozen ones to the back of the top shelf of the fridge where
its coldest and throw a few more in the freezer.
Basically, what youre doing here is creating the elements for an