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I’m so glad you’re here! Have ever wondered what would life be like without a refrigerator? I can’t wait to tell you more about how we spent three years, in an off-grid cabin, living without a fridge.
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Yes, you heard that right. No fridge.
With a family of six – four young children and two adults – we spent nearly three years without a fridge, and we ate well throughout that time. You might even say I’ve written the book on cooking simple, home-cooked food with or without a fridge.
Seriously. It’s called A Cabin Full of Food and it has a five star rating, with over 100 reviews!
Oh, and no freezer, either.
Beef stew. Chicken and dumplings. Spaghetti and meatballs. Shepherd’s Pie. Biscuits and sausage gravy. Fresh garden salad. Homemade bread. French toast. We ate well, and abundantly, all year. Yes, you can have good meals without refrigeration!
And, while you may not be inclined to do the same (because a fridge can be a very convenient thing if used properly), I can show you how, using the techniques that let us live without a fridge for several years, you can enjoy your food more and save yourself money, too.
Before we moved off-grid, I spent a lot of time wondering how we’d keep our food.
I knew we’d have limited electricity (we had a small solar array at the cabin) and that fridges are insane energy hogs. But, even though I had learned to live with a small fridge, I still couldn’t get past the idea that we need some type of refrigeration.
And in turns out that the answer was right there in front of me.
It was in the stories my grandparents told me.
It was in the vintage cookbooks that I have always loved.
It was in the rhythm of the earth around me.
I am here to show you how we do it, and what we eat, and how you can modify these time-honoured techniques, which made living without a fridge possible for our ancestors, to improve your life. I know you can do this, because I’ve done it.
And although these things would all help and make it all easier, NONE of it requires:
- acreage in the woods
- an icehouse or spring house (although, you know, that would be cool!)
- a home in the Arctic
- specialized knowledge or skills
- tons of money
Keep reading to find out why we chose to live without a fridge. It’s generally the first thing people ask me – generally with a very baffled look on their faces – “Why?”