This Emergency Food Storage Tip Could be a Lifesaver if the Grid Goes Down in the Summer

ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, you’re already all too familiar with the ins and outs of different types of food preservation.  We once did an article on what actions to take in the event of an EMP where the power supply to your refrigerator disappears, possibly forever.  But do we really truly sit back and take stock of the gravity of the situation regarding the seasons?  Yes, most people try to cram their refrigerators and freezers full of food even during the summer months.  It is the summer months that it is time to “divest” your earnings and diversify your food “portfolio,” so to speak.

You must take into consideration a couple of things: the season, and the geographic locale where you reside with regards to your food supply and food shopping.  We’re going more into detail with that.  Firstly, the season.  Summer is here.  Should nuclear fireballs take out the power supply…what about all the food?  OK, so it’ll all keep for at least 24 more hours in the refrigerator, right?  The fact of the matter is you’ll have to take those emergency actions outlined in the previous articles: salt it, can it, smoke it, or dry it out.

How about this for an idea: keep your freezer almost empty and the refrigerator with about 2 to 3 days of food for the family so as not to lose it all because of loss of power?

You can make several casserole-type dishes that you will eat from for several days, as well as the basic essentials, such as a dozen eggs, milk, juice, a few veggies, and some sliced meats or a prepared roast or such.  And that’s it!  What is the rest?  A bunch of condiments and salad dressings. You can concentrate on placing your food dollars into canned goods or long-life, shelf-stable meals, dried goods, and other foods that will be able to withstand the weather and are sealed up tight.

Geographic locale has a lot to do with it.  The Southwestern States are hot and arid most of the year.  Other states (such as Montana, where I reside) are pretty much a continuous “icebox” for at least 8 months out of the year.  These factors should be gauged honestly when thinking about what you need for that refrigerator.  All canned goods are not evil.  For those of you who wish it, buy your happy organic canned soups, etc., for use during the week.  It is more than just a weekly purchase of canned goods that you’ll run through.

It is a way of ensuring that your food is preserved during the hot months if you lose power

The greatest challenge is not simply putting away food and supplies. The greatest challenge is adjusting your lifestyle in a manner that you take into account what is happening in the world around you without panicking.  What others may label as “panic” they’ll be more than willing to “forgive” you for when their own food supply is out…and they come knocking on your door.

Give yourself an edge

The time to cram the refrigerator and freezer full of food is in the winter months when you can store it outside if the grid goes down and still keep from losing most of it.  In the summer months, you need to make adjustments.  In this manner, your family and you can gobble down what is in the fridge with ease and still have plenty of food available without worry about spoilage, loss, or preparations to save or preserve it.  Those last actions may be a bit difficult on the Day after Doomsday when others are out hunting for the food you are trying to save, or worse.  Stay in that good fight and make your preps while you can.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

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Originally published June 30th, 2017
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One Response to This Emergency Food Storage Tip Could be a Lifesaver if the Grid Goes Down in the Summer

  1. Misterkel says:

    Add to that – keep a bucket of solid ice in your shed freezer – will keep food for an extra 4 days from thawing even in ‘warm’ winter weather – 7C or so. That will keep it from spoiling the whole winter in cold climate, because cold temps will return and keep it frozen.

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