Yesterday, we shared 10 things we miss about our refrigerator as we’re taking the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge. They were annoyances and irritants but I know that, in a few days, we’ll be able to once again open those magical doors on the frosted world that awaits inside the refrigerator.
In the meantime, however, I have gained nearly two pounds since the #FridgeChallenge began. While the annoyances of life without a fridge will be behind me, this weight will not and I’ll have to work to lose it.
Our life without a refrigerator has revolved far more around boxed foods than fresh foods. As I mentioned in our Day One post, we live in the country, far from our local grocery store. Running to the store for the day’s meats, fruits and vegetables just isn’t an option for us. We’ve had to resort to canned and boxed foods. Foods that have more grain. Foods that are less nutritious. Foods that, we hate to admit, are much like the dry foods that so many of us feed our cats.
This week, we’ve prepared canned meats and boxed dinners alongside a few vegetables, like potatoes, that can survive on our countertop this week. The temperature is still hot here (97 degrees yesterday) so refrigeration is essential for many fresh foods that, instead, we’ve just had to skip this week during the Challenge. One trick I have done is to pull out my dehydrator to dry some fruits (I love dried bananas and they make a great snack).
Other than the dried fruit, though, I’ve been relying on many less nutritional options for our meals and snacks. Tonight, we’re having a casserole of canned chicken, cream of chicken soup, and dried pasta. Unlike our usual fare of fresh meat, fresh vegetables, and fruit, it’s a heavier meal (and this heavier dinner is resulting in heavier diners!)
Two more days to go…
For more information about Freshpet:
- visit Freshpet.com
- To follow Dr. Katy’s Fridge Challenge, visit freshpet.com/fridgechallenge
- follow Dr. Katy on Twitter @drkatynelson
- follow our week-long #FridgeChallenge on CatTipper
Disclosure: We are being compensated for our participation in the Freshpet Challenge. As always, we only promote products that we use with our own pets and know you will enjoy!