This Is How You Can Live Without Refrigeration

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Self-Sufficient Projects.

Can you imagine living without a fridge?

Humans have lived like that for millennials. The difference is that they had a few tricks up their sleeves that helped them survive.

Even today, people still live without refrigeration – some because of unfortunate circumstances, and others want to lower energy costs or cut dependence on the grid.

Whatever the reason, here’s how you can live without refrigeration.

Seasonal Eating

A first step on the journey to living without refrigeration is eating local, seasonal food.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying it from the market or growing it yourself. The more local and seasonal, the better.

• During spring, there’s usually a surplus of eggs, which is great because many foods will be gone or petering out. This is also a great time to enjoy maize, barley, rice, and other spring crops.

This Is How You Can Live Without Refrigeration• During summer, vegetables and fresh greens abound, allowing you to eat an almost meat-free diet.

There are also many wild edibles to pick and choose from in summer.

You can find and identify them effortlessly and safely in most forests.

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• During fall, excess animals are slaughtered, which provides the protein you and your family need to get through the cold winter months.

• Winter is the best season for storing any food as you can harness the cold temperatures to keep your food fresh.

Of course, this varies from location to location, but each area has a different natural rhythm of seasonal foods.

Food Preservation

After adopting a seasonal diet, you need to learn the traditional tricks your forefathers used to preserve their bounty.

Drying is a preservation method that uses the wind and sun to reduce water activity in your food.

• Freezing without a fridge involves freezing water in the cold snow and placing it in a cooler along with your foodstuffs.

• Smoking flavors, cooks, and preserves food by exposing it to smoke from burning wood.

• Salting/Curing removes moisture from foods like meat.

This Is How You Can Live Without Refrigeration• Pickling involves preserving food in brine or marinating it in vinegar.

• Sugar in syrup or crystallized form can preserve fruits.

• Bottling and canning involve sealing cooked food in sterilized cans and bottles.

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• Lye prevents bacterial growth by turning food alkaline.

• Jellying is a preservation method whereby you cook food in a substance that solidifies to form a gel.

• Potting involves placing meat in a pot and sealing it with fat.

• Jugging involves preserving meat by stewing it in wine, brine, or animal blood.

• Burial in the ground involves burying your food underground where there is no…

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Hawaii Preppers – What You Need to Know

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Hawaii preppers face many of the same threats as anyone else in America: civil collapse, EMP, natural disasters, etc. However, Hawaiians have unique challenges than preppers in other states. What makes sense for a prepper in Alaska may not make sense for a prepper in California. This applies to Hawaii as well.

This article will focus on Colorado from a prepper’s perspective. What specific challenges does the state face from a historical perspective? What are the threats given the state’s geography? Where should Coloradans prioritize their preps?

NOTE: Do you live in Hawaii? You know your state, so let us know in the comments section how this article can be improved. What did we miss? What did we get right?

Hawaii Overview – Prepper’s Perspective

There isn’t an American alive that hasn’t dreamed of spending a week on a Hawaiian beach. It is no secret, Hawaii is a vacation paradise. Far away from the mainland, Hawaii sits 1,600 miles offshore in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With 750 miles of coastline, it ranks 4th in the US, after Alaska, Florida, and California.

Hawaii is typically overrun with tourists and can seem crowded. However, it is the 40th most populous state. This highlights a very clear divide between the islanders and the mainlanders. If you stray too far off the beaten path while you are there, you will quickly see the difference.

Nicknamed the “Aloha State,” “Pineapple State,” and the “Rainbow State,” it would seem that even the Hawaiians debate the identity of their state. This is due to the uniqueness of each island in the Hawaiian chain. “The Big Island,” Hawaii is known for its Kona coffee. Similarly, the subordinate islands also vie for recognition of their own contributions to the Hawaiian culture and economy.

Though Hawaii is well known for tourism and is heavily reliant on the funds it brings in, the government has always sought to build a more robust and mature economy. In years past, Hawaii was a massive producer of sugar cane and pineapple. However, in recent years both have experienced a decline.  As a result, the state has poured many efforts into science and technology. Today it focuses its efforts on oceanographic and horticultural research, plant-based development of pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals. 


Despite its well-defined image of a beach paradise, Hawaii is actually home to 4 distinct climate groups. A resident or visitor can find themselves enjoying tropical, arid, temperate, and polar all in a single day. At sea level temperatures range from 84-88 degrees F in the summer, to 79-83 degrees F in the winter. Annual precipitation ranges from 7.4 inches to 404.4 inches. 

Food and Water 

Despite the rampant precipitation, 90% of Hawaii’s water supply is from groundwater. Because of the geological composition of the islands, freshwater sits like a bubble atop the seawater. As the rain falls, it finds its way through the rocks…

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EPIC’s Jeramie Scott to Testify to Congress on CBP’s Use of Facial Recognition Technology

Jeramie Scott, EPIC Senior Counsel and Director of EPIC’s Project on Surveillance Oversight, will testify this afternoon at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing on CBP’s use of facial recognition technology.

“CBP has implemented one of the largest deployments of facial recognition technology in the country through its Biometric Entry-Exit program,” Scott submitted in his written testimony, despite studies showing the technology is “flawed” and imbued with racial bias. The “use of facial recognition identification” in the Biometric Entry-Exit program “puts the U.S. on a path towards a ubiquitous and universal form of identification” that eliminates a person’s ability to choose “when to identify themselves or not.” CBP has also “failed . . . to provide a reasonable justification for the expansion” of the program, and the agency lacks the legal authorization to collect biometric data from U.S. citizens. Scott recommended that CBP end its use of facial recognition technology, and, at a minimum, for Congress to implement restrictions on CBP’s use of the technology to mitigate risks to privacy and civil liberties.  

EPIC has long advocated against government use of facial recognition technology. Most recently, EPIC submitted comments to CBP criticizing its proposal to collect photos from undocumented individuals and store those photos in a records system that uses facial recognition technology.   

Watch the hearing at 2PM ET here.

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How to Build the Ultimate SHTF Library

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How to Build the Ultimate SHTF Library

The human race is remarkably resilient. Throughout history we’ve survived wars, natural catastrophes, and yes, even pandemics. But that survival wasn’t without casualties based on location, circumstances or just bad luck.

But for many of the survivors there was another factor. The knowledge and awareness of how to make the right decision at the right time to not only survive events as they happened, but survive the aftermath sometimes lasting for years, decades and even a lifetime.

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The knowledge, skills, and abilities that many survivors possess sometimes comes from experience, at other times upbringing, and mostly the determination to learn self-sufficiency, practice sustainability, and master basic survival skills.

And that learning is captured in many books dedicated to a range of subjects that can not only educate a determined survivor, but serve as a knowledge bank for the future.

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A Worst Case Scenario

Imagine a time when everything goes wrong. Natural disasters and regional conflicts aggravate further civil unrest driven by numerous factors from economic failures to societal collapse.

The grid is down. The Internet is hacked and corrupted, affecting everything from commerce to cell phones and most every other form of communication. Retail stores are shuttered, local emergency services are overwhelmed, medical facilities are filled to capacity, and there’s no end in sight. It’s a worst case scenario that can not only happen but has already happened in the past.

It’s the Dark Ages Part II, and if you need information about anything, your only sources are going to be your memory—and books.

The Value of Your Knowledge Bank

You can have food storage that will last for years, medical supplies to equip a hospital, and more firearms than a platoon of marines, but it won’t mean a thing if you don’t know how to find and filter water, preserve food, repair an engine, or use all those medical supplies.

Some of those things may already be in your wheelhouse, but it’s a good bet there are plenty of things even the best of us don’t know. Books can give you a fighting chance when everything is a challenge.

Digital Books or Hard Copies?

Digital books are cheaper and you can store a library on something as small as a jump drive or a Kindle Reader. The only caution is that electronics are fragile. There are books that can tell you all about how to fix electronic devices. But they’re no help if the book about fixing electronic devices is on the device you need to fix.

Portability is another good argument for digital copies of books. At a time when bugging out may become a regular activity it’s a lot easier…

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What Should You Do After An Unexpected Chicken Death?

A few weeks ago, Bella—a local relatively new to chicken keeping—messaged me, hoping for some guidance. One of her quartet of backyard hens became lethargic the previous day and died within hours. Bella was extremely worried that her remaining girls would suffer the same fate. What should she do?

When a chicken suddenly dies, especially a young one like Bella’s year-old hen, it’s perfectly normal for alarm bells to go off in your head. Are your other chickens at risk? Is there something you could have done for your chicken to prevent her death? What happened?

First things first: don’t panic. Take a deep breath, then review these seven potential causes of your chicken’s demise.

Sudden Illness

Sadly, there are diseases such as Pullorum, Fowl Typhoid and Avian Influenza that can quickly lead to death for an infected chicken. Fortunately, the United States launched the National Poultry Improvement Plan in 1935 to survey and control these deadly diseases. Outbreaks are extremely rare.

Nevertheless, it never hurts to carefully examine your bird for symptoms such as mucus build-up or discharge in the nasal openings and mouth, oozing or crusted-over skin lesions, and swollen or enlarged abdomen. Make sure you wear disposable gloves while handling your bird.

If you notice any of these, carefully bag the carcass and contact your state’s veterinary diagnostic laboratory for instructions.

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Heat Stress

Chickens do not perspire. They pant to release heat and cool themselves down.

In extreme heat conditions, they’ll hold their wings out to allow for better air circulation near their bodies. When they are unable to cool down, they become subject to heat stress. They will grow lethargic, their combs and wattles will become pale, and they may go limp or unconscious.

Should a chicken exhibit these symptoms, she is in danger of death from heat stress.

Treat any affected birds by gently submerging their bodies in a tub of cool (not cold) water. Be sure to keep their heads out of the water. Once they revive, keep them in a cool, well-ventilated shady place until they regain their previous level of activity.

To prevent heat stress, provide your birds with well-ventilated, shady places to which they can retreat from the heat. Provide plenty of fresh, cool water in their fonts. And offer treats such as chilled grapes or frozen watermelon to keep them hydrated.

Toxic Plants

Chickens are naturally inquisitive and, if your birds free range or roam your yard, they are apt to poke their beaks into anything that captures their attention. Unfortunately not everything that grows in a garden is safe for your flock.

In fact, several commonly cultivated plants are highly toxic to chickens. These include azaleas, most flower bulbs, rhubarb, holly, oaks and yews.

Yews are one of the most common ornamental shrubs in the U.S. But the toxins contained in its leaves, berries and roots are extremely toxic to a chicken and can quickly…

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Covid-19 and the Continuing Erosion of Private Property Rights

This article is the second in a two-part series. Check out part 1 here.

Even though the downhill trajectory we’ve seen over the last decades in terms of property rights is bad enough, nothing could have ever prepared us for what the covid-19 crisis would bring. Even those of us who have read enough history to know that there’s really no line that the state will not cross in its fervent pursuit of absolute power were sincerely surprised. How could the ruling elite deny us our birth given right to own our own body and mind? How could we forget the principles of the Enlightenment and what it means to live in a society based on personal freedom? If we are not allowed to own our own body and mind, then the concept of private property does not exist any longer.

It’s one thing to persuade millions of hardworking citizens to fork over a large part of their salaries to the state every single month, to pay exorbitant fees simply to take ownership of the home their parents left them after they passed away, or to pay a toll every time they wish to drive on a road that their money built and maintains. It’s quite another thing to be able to convince them that closing their businesses and being forbidden from going to work to put bread on the table is “for their own good.”

During the last two years, we witnessed an extraordinary shift the likes of which hasn’t appeared in history books in times of peace. The state, in most of the Western world, abused all the power and the leverage that it had accumulated over the governed, and the results were truly shocking.

Much like that frog in the simmering pot, we found ourselves at the boiling point, seemingly overnight. And the most striking thing about this entire pandemic ordeal, is that governments, the world over, have come out of it looking like Robin Hood instead of the sheriff of Nottingham.

With substantial assistance from mainstream and social media, the vast majority of the population remembers all the “covid relief” payments and all the handouts, once again erroneously classifying them as “free.” As for the revenue losses, the jobs that evaporated during the lockdowns, and the extreme distress and uncertainty countless households faced, all that was chalked up as the virus’s fault, as though it were covid-19 itself that forced millions of business closures.

The lessons that we learned during the pandemic must never be forgotten. For one thing, with autumn just around the corner, we could very well have a repeat of all the restrictions and enter “season 3” of the covid saga. In Europe, I recently saw mainstream news stories about the threat posed by the “omicron 5” covid variant (and since I tend to avoid these news sources in general, I suppose I missed omicrons 2, 3, and 4, or perhaps they were not as civilization-ending as number 5).

Come September, once…

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Zone 3 Gardening, by HollyBerry. Vegetable gardening in Maine.

My husband and I have been residing in the north woods of Maine for 17 years now. The USDA map shows that we are Zone 3b but we are situated in a low pocket that is Zone 3. Keeping a gardening/homesteading journal is the best advice I can give. You might think you will remember what types of plants did well last year and when that 1st frost was but in reality….

Gardening is very humbling. One sneaky frost or good hail storm can destroy weeks or months of hard work. Never take the weather for granted. Keep track of last and first frosts in your journal and write down successes and failures. USDA states that zone 3 has last frost of May 15. As I’m writing this, it is May 24th and yes, we had an unexpected frost this morning. And then 1st frost on September 15th. These dates are only vague guidelines. Keeping an eye on NOAA and having your own thermometers, barometers, etc is essential during the beginning and end of the growing season. I have seen mid 40’s in July and 85 degrees in late September. Knowing how to read the sky and clouds is also valuable info. On a cloudless night we know the temps will drop lower than the weather man will predict. A full moon also brings on cooler temps. We learned all of this the hard way. As we live literally in the woods, it is a constant battle keeping back the woods. Everything we do is small scale… rabbits, chickens and our garden. We have very little flat, usable land and are able to make the most of it. Last year we added a rainwater collection system and that has been a blessing.

Patience is required as a few nice, warmer days make you want to start digging and planting only to find ice and frost 3 inches down. The local stores and nurseries start putting out plants in May and a good amount of them will be frost damaged as they tend to just leave them outside and uncovered. When ordering seeds, its a good idea to research where the plant grows naturally. If something is growing naturally in zone 9 or 10 its a safe bet it wont make it outside up here. Even with a greenhouse it will probably be too cold and not enough sunlight going into fall to produce fruit. We started a while ago googling and you tubing growing food in northern Russia and other cold climate areas. Plants that do well in those areas should be fine here. When planting your garden, study the sun. We have very little sunlight in late fall, winter and early spring. I was shocked at how little daylight we had our 1st winter here. Know where the maximum amount of sunlight is and plant in that spot.

Growing in the Greenhouse

Artificially extending the growing season is necessary for a good harvest. We are fortunate to have a…

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What Does AC Service Include?


As summer wears on, that Texas heat can be overwhelming even when you have functioning air conditioning. If your AC unit breaks down, though, then you are guaranteed a truly miserable time. Keeping your home HVAC AC unit in good working order is a vital part of home life in Texas, but it can be difficult.

We are here to help you wrap your head around maintaining your AC system. We will introduce you to how to find an HVAC contractor in Bedford, TX, as well as the basics of installation and maintenance for HVAC AC units.

HVAC Installation

If your home does not have an HVAC air conditioning unit installed at all, you are probably miserably hot during the day. That means you should immediately install a new HVAC unit, and setting up the air conditioning for your home as soon as possible. Contact a team of professional AC technicians to get this set up; any HVAC contractor should be able to help you choose the perfect unit for your home and your needs.

HVAC AC Services In Bedford, TX

It is easy to find great HVAC AC services in Bedford, TX. With quality companies such as Master Tech Service Corp operating out of Bedford, all you have to do is get in touch for a quote, and your AC problems will be fixed within days. There is no need to wait! Get in touch with an HVAC contractor in Bedford today.

AC Maintenance

All air conditioning units will eventually break down; they have a limited lifespan, like all technology. But an AC unit that is neglected will break down much faster than one which receives regular tuneups and maintenance checkups. By getting your AC unit checked over on a regular basis, you can extend its lifespan significantly, helping it to stay operational for longer and saving you money in the long term.

Regular maintenance can help you to diagnose problems with your air conditioning unit and fix them before they get too serious or expensive. Spotting a problem before it breaks the entire system can help to keep you cool and comfortable through the summer heat.

AC Replacement

If your AC is less effective than it was, it might be time for a replacement. An easy way to detect an aging AC unit is to keep an eye on your energy bills. If the cost of running your AC is higher than it used to be for the same results, that suggests that it is becoming less efficient and approaching the end of its lifespan. This is inevitable and will happen to all appliances eventually. In this case, your best option is to contact HVAC engineers and sort out installing a replacement or some major repairs.


It is always better to solve a problem before it escalates into a crisis, particularly when you live somewhere like Texas, where the summer heat can be deadly. Keep a close eye on your AC unit, and get professionals to look at it if you ever suspect that it might…

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Episode 33: Meighen Lovelace

On this episode of Hobby Farms Presents: Growing Good, Colorado farmer Meighen Lovelace talks water issues in the West, empowering people to grow food in community, and your chance to speak truth to power with the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health. This is episode one of two with Meighen. Check back in for the rest of the conversation in two weeks!

Listen in for Meighen’s take on how to work with your land, including the hard decision she’s made to put her San Luis Valley farmland in cover crops for a couple of seasons, and the challenges of working with water rights of farmers and communities throughout the Western US. Meighen tells us about a gardening project she helped start at the Salvation Army when she was a client there herself and how it’s grown into a year-round urban farm with a four-season greenhouse and a training and job placement program. Then, Meighen talks about her Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute training and the permaculture forest greenhouse concept (including the simple climate battery, which you have to hear about!).

Listen in to the end for details about the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health—the first to be held since 1969. As a small-scale farmer and someone interested in food systems, you have a chance to have your voice heard! Meighen tells us about how.

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WIRED: Don’t Look Now, but Congress Might Pass an Actually Good Privacy Bill

“I think it’s a pretty fundamental shift,” says Alan Butler, executive director and president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. “It gets at the heart of what I see as the major privacy problem in the way that ad tech has developed over the last 20 years, largely because there was no privacy law in effect. What’s developed is an ad tech industry that just gorges on personal information in every possible way it can, grabbing every possible piece of data they can find about people.”

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