Protecting Your Freezer Stockpile
We’re busy re-roofing our barn, and trying to keep up with the flow of produce, canning, freezing and dehydrating. The freezer space is starting to get a little scarce too, we’ve stocked up on chicken, beef and soon pork will have to be stuffed in.
None of that counts fruits and vegetables that are starting to add up in quantity too. The single worst thing that can happen to frozen goods is a power failure. A short power outage doesn’t tend to hurt as long as you don’t open your freezer, if it is full you have several days before you need to be worried about the contents, unless of course it is during a heat wave and then you have to act sooner.
One rule I always go by in stocking freezers is to load my fruits and berries above my meat products. Because in case of thawing you possibly can have berry and meat juices leaking everywhere. I don’t know about you, but if raspberry juice got on my chicken, I would not really mind, but if chicken blood was mingled with my raspberries, now that I would mind. To go even further, in the meat stacking train of thought, I also stack beef right under fruit and veggies but above chicken and pork. Why? Because we sometimes eat our beef raw, or very rare, and we never eat our chicken or pork raw, so the same scenario applies, if beef blood somehow mingled with chicken or pork that would fine because those meats are always cooked.
Just a small tip, from a frazzled preserver/roofing nail puller