Winter in a Metal Box

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone is certainly appropriate with what’s happening in my home now. No no, it has nothing to do with relationship issues, it entirely has to do with refrigeration issues. Imagine my surprise opening the freezer to get ice for a beverage and finding one piece, so solid, a polar bear would have issues with it. At first I thought perhaps the door was left slightly open, so I made sure the door was closed tightly. A few hours later, checked again, and the spring thaw was in full swing.

After having to dispose of most everything in the freezer, it had me thinking on how much reliance Westerners put on refrigeration. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say on the matter. The entire frozen food industry relies on being able to go from factory to transport to retail to home all in a frozen or semi-frozen state. Places like Costco and Sam’s Club bank on people purchasing large lots of frozen food, to be parceled out. Even the modern armed forces have to rely on refrigeration for both fresh and frozen food. Gone are the days of strictly canned, dried or vacuum packed except in the more restrictive conditions, no one eats MREs for haute cuisine. Frozen meals are popular in my house for hot lunches, instead of spending money on eating out, or having something cold. Freezers most probably contribute to the increasing weight gain of Americas, with high calorie processed foods in the home as well as fast food restaurants which the majority of the components come frozen. So like most technology good and bad things can come of it.

So I keep going with a half working refrigerator until I can arrange for a replacement, take out the warm, melted items from the freezer and introduce them to the garbage, and ponder how much modern life hinges on such a key bit of mechanical technology.

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