Looking forward to the backside of 2011

Innumerable blizzards last winter.

Windstorm with lightning strikes last June (out of power for about 48 hours, lost a couple of trees)

Irene (no real damage here but out of power for about 6 days)

Monsoon-like rains with erosion problems

Winter nor’easter with heavy wet snows on leaf-laden trees (out of power from Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon a week later, lost a tree, several large branches, and big swaths of a poor Japanese maple)

Frozen Storage

With judicious use of dry ice, and with grilling what didn’t fit, I was able to save my frozen food.  Indeed, with interior home temps of about 48 degrees F at that point, a filled to the brim 58 quart cooler was able to remain frozen from Thursday night until this morning (Monday), when I judged the freezers were down to freezing and ready to take the load.

The cooler holds a lot more than it appears to in that photo above.  Saved a lot of meat, three packs of frozen tomatoes (from farmers’ markets), a couple frozen packs of supermarket veggies, and a whole chicken, and a whole octopus.

The house was pretty close to refrigerator temp by Wednesday, so the cooler for refrigerated goods only needed a little supplemental ice and such.  Besides, fall veggies don’t really require much refrigeration:  winter squash, sweet potatoes, celery root, beets, onions — most of them weren’t in there anyway.

I do love camping, but I prefer to do it voluntarily.

About goatsandgreens

The foodie me: Low/no gluten, low sugars, lots of ethnic variety of foods. Seafood, offal, veggies. Farmers' markets. Cooking from scratch, and largely local. The "future" me: I've now moved to my new home in rural western Massachusetts. I am raising chickens (for meat and for eggs) and planning for guinea fowl, Shetland sheep, and probably goats and/or alpaca. Possibly feeder pigs. Raising veggies and going solar.
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1 Response to Looking forward to the backside of 2011

  1. I really appreciate what you post. You have a new subscriber now.

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