DailyDirt: No Refrigeration Necessary…?
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
For centuries, people didn’t have convenient refrigeration for storing food for long periods of time. Nowadays, we take refrigerators for granted and keep things in them even when it’s not necessary. Here are just a few cool examples of ways to avoid eating spoiled food.
- There’s a prototype for a sustainable portable refrigerator for small volume containers that doesn’t require electricity. It still needs to be heated up in some way for the thermodynamics of it to work, but it’s an interesting self-contained device for remote locations… or for camping trips? [url]
- Some nicely-designed containers could help folks store food without refrigeration while still keeping food fresh. Storing eggs at room temperature seems really strange to most Americans. [url]
- Mohammed Bah Abba won a Rolex Award for re-discovering a pot-in-pot refrigeration device (aka a zeer) that can keep food cool by taking advantage of evaporative cooling. A zeer costs about $1 to make and is just a couple of nested clay pots with wet sand between them. [url]
- To discover more food-related links, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.
Filed Under: energy, evaporative cooling, food, preservation, refrigeration, zeer
Comments on “DailyDirt: No Refrigeration Necessary…?”
I saw this in South Africa.
Eggs in cartons just sitting at room temperature.
But then, to get anything stronger than acetaminophen (which is actually called paracetamol there), you have to go the the pharmacist, for ibuprofen for example.
Re: I saw this in South Africa.
I’m sure there *is* a good reason to store chicken eggs in a fridge for longer storage…. but room temp storage isn’t as detrimental as people think.
And I would want to stop using my refrigerator because…?
Room Temp Not Too Strange
After 4 years aboard the USS West Virginia I can attest to the eggs longevity. I was eating eggs stored in a fan room at 70+ degrees for over a month withough going bad. Long live the egg!
My mother never used to refrigerate bread, but then again, she ate it fairly quickly. The last time I left any bread product out, it was moldy after about a week. On the other hand, I’ve had bread last for months in the refrigerator.
zeer URL needs updating already.
zeer URL fixed. thx for pointing out the 404.