A Dry Run at the Collapse of the Grid
This From a Friend (unedited)
NOTE: This was a great heads up, let's use the lesson without having to experience it.
My son called me at about noon today and told me he just found that his freezer was dead and asked me what he should do. I told him to bring the contents to my house and we would decide the next move.
Some of the food was still frozen, so we were able to make room in my freezer for his food. About 2/3 was in various stages of thawed so I felt it would be best to pressure can it. I thought to myself that this is what we would do in a long-term power outage. I did use my natural gas stove, but do have enough propane stored that I could have used my propane stoves if we did not have the grid.
All of the roasts, chicken, ground beef and fish were quickly cut to size and placed into the jars. I have two canners, so was able to process 16 jars at a time (the last pot is on the stove right now) for a total of 42 pints and 8 quarts. There was also two big bags of corn, so I made a batch of corn relish using the hot water bath method.
My son was not able to help because he had to go to work and his wife is out of town attending a funeral. I just wanted to make sure you all know that my son is not a dead beat and would have worked with me if he could. My older daughter cooked all of his bacon and we vacuum sealed it. I am not sure how long that would last if it were not refriged, but we are not going to take the chance. Bacon is a terrible thing to waste!
We had all of the jars and lids we needed, so that was good. I am tired, but I was glad that he did not loose all of that meat.
I imagine that it would take several days for the meat in our freezer to thaw completely, so we would have a couple of days to get it all canned.
It was a good day.
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