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How to stay living paleo/primal without temporarily having a fridge or freezer?

Answered on December 26, 2014
Created January 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Hi all,

I am currently living in a temporary apartment for a couple of months without a fridge or freezer of any kind. I have been eating out to compensate for it but those are not the best food choices as I cannot control what i.e. the meat is fried in etc. and it also is expensive.

Do you have any tips for what kind of paleo foods I could store/keep in the apartment to eat on a daily basis that are paleo/primal? Beef jerky and pemmican are okay on a trip but I am looking for something more to eat on a normal daily basis.

I have a balcony and highs are here around 10 degrees Celsius, this might be enough for some food items?

Thank you!

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on January 12, 2012
at 08:58 PM

A metal container with secure lid, so that varmints can't get into it, is useful when storing food outside.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:08 PM

That is the thing I had to do the last few days and I'm tired of using so much time daily for gathering and preparing and eating. Great though that this works for you :)

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Not everywhere and not everybody owns a car, otherwise good idea

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Cooler would be a cheap way, yes

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Haha, nice idea :)

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Good list, thanks!

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Didn't know about the eggs. Thanks!

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I will buy a big one in a couple of months. I would not like to buy a small one only for this small to timeframe but rather invest this into good food

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Yes, keep whatever food you can in the balcony. You might buy or borrow a small picnic cooler and keep it in the shade.

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:22 AM

i would not eat store bought eggs left out...

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:44 PM

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Double it and add 30 (roughly speaking).

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:31 PM

feel free to edit the grey and maroon weirdness on my post, anyone.

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I lived with just a mini fridge for quite a long time a few years ago. You could probably find a cheap one on Craigslist.

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78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I'm considering going fridge-less when we eventually build a house and go off-grid. All these things might not work for your particular situation, so take what you want from it.

  • meat is eaten the day you get it from the store/farm/forest (leftovers can be left in the pot for one day to be reheated
  • canned wild fish: salmon, sardines, tuna
  • meal worms or other "farmable" insects
  • jerky
  • eggs will keep unrefrigerated for a week
  • butter will keep in a butter crock
  • herb garden during the growing season/dried herbs in winter (or a window garden)
  • potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, apples, rice, dried beans, dried corn in the pantry
  • sprouts
  • foraged food
  • greens (dandelions, plantain, purslane, sorrel, lamb's quarters, etc.)
  • mushrooms
  • berries
  • nuts
  • dried fruit
  • canned veggies (tomato sauce, jellies, pickles, etc.)

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:44 PM

Superfluous indentation has been rectified for our pleasure and your joy.

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:22 AM

i would not eat store bought eggs left out...

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on January 11, 2012
at 07:31 PM

feel free to edit the grey and maroon weirdness on my post, anyone.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Good list, thanks!

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:14 PM

How about buying a small fridge.

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:22 PM

I lived with just a mini fridge for quite a long time a few years ago. You could probably find a cheap one on Craigslist.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:02 PM

I will buy a big one in a couple of months. I would not like to buy a small one only for this small to timeframe but rather invest this into good food

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:30 PM

My parents aren't paleo but live on a farm and are working toward being off-grid. The only thing I would add to the comments above is to grow anything you can in small pots. I know this doesn't work for some things compared to the farm, but I remember many meals not requiring opening the fridge because of having our pantry as well as our own fruits, vegetables, etc.

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Eggs don't need refrigeration if they are fresh. Otherwise, try to get your meat daily, canned tuna or other fishes work too. The balcony sounds nice - not sure what 10 C is - around the 40s F?

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on January 11, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Double it and add 30 (roughly speaking).

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

Didn't know about the eggs. Thanks!

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on January 12, 2012
at 02:49 AM

its winter just use your car as a fridge

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Not everywhere and not everybody owns a car, otherwise good idea

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on January 11, 2012
at 11:17 PM

A cooler with ice can at least keep your leftovers cool for a few days.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:05 PM

Cooler would be a cheap way, yes

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Most fruits and vegetables keep reasonably well without refrigeration. If you do protein powder, nuts/seeds, or canned foods (chicken, salmon, coconut milk, etc.) you can get indefinitely without a fridge.

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on December 26, 2014
at 02:21 AM

I'm wondering about a similar situation.

 

Couple things I've found useful:

  • If eating out, ask them to cook things in olive oil instead of vegetable oil, or perhaps butter (though this won't be from GF cows, and thus kind of icky. Usually olive oil is acceptable to the restaurant.
  • In general, when eating out, you can make requests to avoid or swap out things. Many people don't feel like they can or should, but this is typically just a mental barrier. When asked politely, most restaurants are happy to make changes to the dish for you with little food. You're paying them -- for food that will go towards your health, so... be responsible for it. :)
  • Pemmican! Or jerky. There are several sources of grass-fed online.
  • Avocados!
  • Eat fresh meat on the days you can shop & cook immediately. Have cured meats, pemmican, jerky, or canned fish (wild-caught!) when you can't.
  • People did live without fridges a mere 5-8 decades ago, and many many people still do, albeit usually with more access to farming lifestyles. I'm trying to figure out what this means.
  • Meat really seems to be the main problem without a fridge. Veggies and fruit will keep 2-4+ days(longer in winter temperatures, more towards 1-2 in warm temps) out of the fridge, so infrequent shopping is fine.

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:46 AM

Since starting paleo my fridge is more or less empty. There is some lard, coconut oil, fish oil ... what else ... walking in the citchen ... coming back ... NOTHING ELSE. The only thing that has to be cooled is the fish oil. Telling me that fish oil is not paleo at all. I shop daily for my meat and the vegetables, cook it, eat it. No fridge needed.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:08 PM

That is the thing I had to do the last few days and I'm tired of using so much time daily for gathering and preparing and eating. Great though that this works for you :)

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on January 11, 2012
at 10:36 PM

Maybe buy some frozen food such as frozen salmon :)

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:04 PM

Haha, nice idea :)

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on January 11, 2012
at 07:56 PM

A couple months is a long time (even though it is temporary). I'd look into getting a minifridge to keep things cool. They're around $100 new here. Although are probably more wherever you are (since you are talking Celsius).

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