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Monday tip of the week

Good morning, this morning’s tip is brought to you in the name of efficiency and disaster planning.

The next time you have an empty juice container, milk jug, or another container that has a good lid on it, rinse it out, fill it with water, and store it in your freezer.  This, of course, works best if your freezer isn’t full, so mom and dad, I am NOT talking to you.

A full freezer is a more efficient freezer because the motor doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the contents frozen.  If your freezer isn’t full of food, you can easily make it full of water jugs.  The bonus is you always have handy “ice packs” if you need to keep food frozen on the go.  Additionally, if your power goes out, your food will have “help” to keep it frozen longer.

Even better, should something happen to your water source (storm, emergency, zombies), you have jugs of clean drinking water on hand.

Should your freezer need more space for food, simply remove a jug, let it thaw, and then recycle it.

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8 comments on “Monday tip of the week”

  1. Another benefit is if you lose power that block of ice will keep things much cooler much longer, protecting your food stores. We’ve done this for years, and lost power due to storms three times in the past year. Saved hundreds of dollars of food.

  2. I’m hoping to get a deep freezer soon, and this is one of the first things I’m going to do when we get it! 🙂

  3. That’s an awesome tip! We have a big upright freezer. We’re trying to use up the older stuff before summer hits and we restock from the garden and farmer’s market. Right now, the freezer’s looking a little empty. 😉

  4. My family does this and uses the ice when they go camping. Cheaper then the big blocks at the store and provides cold drinking water towards the end of the week.

  5. Don’t forget when you rinse out those juice and milk jugs to use that water to water your houseplants or garden. The plants love the vitamins and minerals (remnants of the juice and milk) left in the jug!