Interesting response. It seems that we all have differing information on this. Gord's link says bacteria will grow between 0F and 32F. I have read that it will not, since there is no water
(the water is solid). I was told that the decomposition of the food
in a freezer
(anything below 32) is due to enzymes that break it down, causing it to loose texture and become less than tasty and nutritious. I also was told somewhere else that it is the fats that remain unfrozen above 0F that contribute to faster decay as a result of enzyme activity, not any bacteria. Gord's source is reputable. I read mine on a University reasearch site the other day. Are there any biologists on the site that can put the question to rest?
Unfortunately, we gave up ice cream long ago (makes us too fat!) so that's not a worry.
Just preserving meats in the freezer
for long periods is. Maybe I should can all the meat up if we are looking to preserve for extremely long periods.
For clarity, I am using this refrigerator
with these holding plates:
Hold Over Plates
As I said before, the thing is super efficient, in that it only runs when I do my daily recharge of batteries. It uses excess genset power, so it's essentially free energy for me that powers the refrigerator. It is a hog of 120VAC energy, but just a drop in the bucket during the genset run. Efficiency is certainly a quality it has. I'm just more concerned with understanding actual science here, since the USDA guidelines are written for the um... low end person who wouldn't follow all the talk about the little critters and compounds in their food
HelloSailor: Good tip about excess game
meat. I plan to hunt smaller game
for the most part, so I don't waste any, but I'll certainly look into the various programs before I ever hunt for larger game. BTW: I've never taken an interest in hunting until I started experimenting with living "off the grid" and as far outside of society as possible. For anti-hunters out there, I'm doing it for food instead of going to the grocery store. Not for sport or thrill. Just to eat.