Stacy Witscher wrote: Shopping everyday would be much more of an energy hog for me than a refrigerator.
Kim said "we have tried to find dried milk at the store or even online; and the prices have went up so much since the last time I bought dry milk a few years ago.
Andrea Bloom wrote:
Quick tip- Put some heavier duty cup hooks under the back, bottom of your kitchen cabinets & hang colanders for produce. I have 10 or so & I love them. Good air circulation & clears off my counter for what else? More baskets of produce, obviously!
Skandi Rogers wrote: and I don't care what anyone says, Butter goes rancid in less than 2 days out of a fridge,
Skandi Rogers wrote:
So for me to dislike butter and demote it to cooking butter all that needs to happen is that slight darkening of the surface.
Edward Norton wrote:
It kicks out so much heat, it could be installed in a passivhaus as the single source of heating.
I recently discovered it has 320 watts of old school lightbulbs under the plastic panel at the top. Maybe I could use it for reheating food .
. . Fridges are more efficient when they’re full. So I’d have to store and buy way too much food .
Edward Norton wrote:Should I replace my car with a bus and then fill all the empty seats with crash test dummies as it works out more efficient per seat? I’m uncomfortable with efficiency when it leads to increased overall consumption.
I agree, one big fridge is better than three under the counter units for the same volume of cooling. And the bottled water is a good idea if you have intermittent power, not something I’ve personally experienced.
I’m yet to be convinced that big fridges aren’t anything more than a vanity item encouraging over consumption.
The original article suggests living without a fridge for a whole stack of inconvenience, a whole stack of additional organization for a very small saving. In the hierarchy of needs, refrigeration is pretty high. Use all the food saving techniques she wrote about and downsize your fridge. Or go the prepper route she suggests and shop daily . . .
Kim Huse wrote:Great information here; thing is, we have tried to find dried milk at the store or even online; and the prices have went up so much since the last time I bought dry milk a few years ago. We had started trying to find dry milk for our pantry way before the issue with the power grid here in Texas this February; and only able to find small packages for an astronomical amount of money even when reconstituted.
I just checked, and some pricing has come back down; however, its still not as economical as getting a gallon of milk at the store. Being raised in a family that had farming background, I know that having a cow or goat to milk is also not cheap; and yes, that gallon of milk in the fridge from your cow or goat is more than likely going to cost more than a gallon of milk at the store.