Most people use refrigerators to keep food items cold but there are times when you do not have electricity and you need to keep meats, dairy and vegetables fresh. Especially in long term SHTF / emergency situations is important survival skill to know how to keep food cold without electricity / a fridge. This SurvivalBarracks.com‘s how-to guide explains basics so, you don’t need to drink warm water or eat spoiled food.
Most foods is safe to eat for a few days even when it is not refrigerated as long as it is kept cold. (Yes… just few day’s and it is spoiled! That’s the reason why you need to have canned food and / or MRE food at your emergency food supply list.) Vegetables and fruits should be stored at between 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Foods like sweet potatoes and pumpkins can withstand temperatures of up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit while vegetables such as celery need lower temperatures. The best way to keep food cold when there is no power is to use evaporative cooling. This cooling method has been used for many generations before electricity was discovered. You can try various evaporative cooling options including:
Keep food cold using solar oven
Yes, you can keep food could using solar oven! A solar oven does not rely on electricity to operate. You can use it to prepare food during the day and turn it into a cooler at night to help you keep various foods cold. Place food in a pan and put it inside the oven. Adjust the oven and make sure it is only exposed to night sky and not a building or tree. If you choose to use this method, you should make sure you remove the food before sunrise because the heat will make it go bad faster.
Evaporative Refrigerator does not need electricity
If you want to keep many foods cold, an evaporative refrigerator can be helpful because evaporative cooling without electricity is possible and quite easy to build as a survival Do-It-Yourself project. To create this refrigerator, you need to set up a shelving unit made of heavy-duty plastic. The top shelf should be designed to hold water. If this is not possible, you can place a shallow pan at the top and fill it with water. Use a large cloth to cover the shelving unit. A small part of the cloth should hang into the pan. When water moves down the cloth and evaporates, a cooling effect is created. This helps to keep the foods you store on the shelving unit cold. Make sure you refill the water in the pan several times as itevaporates.
Watch video example of how to build home made fridge no power needed! Evaprotive Fridge
One of the best ways to keep food cold is to use a zeer pot ( so called Pot-in-pot refrigerator. )You need a couple of pots to make the zeer pot. Round pots are recommended. One of the pots should be larger. Place the smaller pot inside the large one. Pour wet sand all around the space between the two pots. Once this is done, you can put the foods you want to keep cold inside the small pot and cover them with a piece of wet cloth. When water evaporates from the cloth, warm air is pulled outward, keeping pot interior cooler than the surrounding air. You should wet the sand and cloth regularly to prevent them from drying up. The food you store should last for a several days without going bad.
Watch video: Zeer Pot Fridge. Cool your food or drinks with no electric needed!
It is possible to enjoy a cool beverage and prevent fruits, vegetables, and meats from going bad by taking advantage of evaporative cooling when you do not have electricity. These simple solutions will ensure none of your food goes to waste during warm weather.
Please remember that it’s essential to be prepared for SHTF! So, you should not only know how to keep food cold without electricity, but also have your emergency food supply list and storage ready where you can preserve food without refrigeration by canning and drying.
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