Dear SurvivalBlog Readers:
Consider the impact on your diet after a major societal disruption if you still had the ability to refrigerate food.
Work with me here. Open the door to your refrigerator and figure out which foods you could do without.
Then figure out how many bottles, jars, and other containers have labels that say, “Refrigerate after opening.” Could you live without most of them. Sure. Would you prefer not to give them up. Sure.
Then consider how in a crisis the ability to save food from one meal to the next would extend the life of your food storage. Not having to worry about spoilage and food poisoning would mean that you would not need to toss uneaten food at the end of meals.
If you bought the 100 watt Harbor Freight solar panel kit or a similar item, and a deep-cycle battery to use with it, you could use a 12v cooler like this one. While it certainly won’t replace the fridge in your kitchen, you would likely consider its 40 quart capacity to be a Godsend in a crisis.
Long after the fuel for your generator is depleted, a 12v cooler such as this one could be doing yeoman work for you. And, before a serious crisis ever happens, you can use this cooler (either with ice or by using its 12v capability) at tailgate parties, on fishing trips, and for family outings.
In fact, you might be able to justify buying two of them. Look around. There are other models on the market that might work even better for you. – SurvivorMan