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Storing Food Without Refrigeration

Storing Food Without Refrigeration

Have fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, milk, eggs, cheese, sour cream and everything else you want for great meals -- even without a refrigerator

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Transform your outdoor adventures with fresh, flavorful meals, regardless of refrigeration. Whether you're camping, boating, exploring, or living off-grid, say goodbye to the days of relying on pre-packaged meals and welcome a world of fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats into your culinary repertoire.

"Storing Food Without Refrigeration" offers  pages of expert advice for storing and preparing your favorite foods. Discover how to enjoy salads, chili, clam chowder, tacos, and even pizza without the luxury of a fridge. Learn the secrets to keeping canned meat appetizing, making dairy products like sour cream and yogurt, and selecting produce that stays fresh longer.

Frustrated with soggy coolers or the limitations of tiny onboard refrigerators? This guide addresses common concerns with practical solutions, ensuring your next trip is filled with great-tasting meals. From meat and seafood to herbs, spices, and condiments, this book covers it all, including over 60 main dish ideas and a four-day sample meal plan.

Written by Carolyn Shearlock, a seasoned adventurer who has lived the realities of storing food without refrigeration, this guide combines personal experience with practical tips for success. Don't let the absence of refrigeration limit your dining options. Embrace the freedom of creating delicious, satisfying meals on any adventure with "Storing Food Without Refrigeration." 


Storing Food Without Refrigeration is designed to end the frustration of traveling without a refrigerator and give you the in-depth information you need to create your favorite meals from real ingredients:

  • Exactly how to store fresh food without refrigeration
  • What produce can last a month or more, and what needs to be eaten within days PLUS a handy chart of shortest-to-longest-lasting produce so you can easily know what to eat first
  • Great alternative products that don’t require refrigeration (not dehydrated meals-in-a-bag)
  • What foods don’t need to be refrigerated
  • Easy ways to help foods last longer without spoiling
  • How to make sour cream, yogurt and ricotta cheese without refrigerated ingredients
  • Simple techniques for cooking with canned meats to preserve the flavor and texture – no more unidentifiable blobs
  • If you’re lucky enough to have a cooler available, how to set it up so food doesn’t get waterlogged
  • Recipes
What's Inside

Fifteen chapters cover virtually every food that you might think impossible to have without refrigeration:

  • Meat and seafood
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Herbs and spices
  • Milk, cream and sour cream
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Butter and margarine
  • Cheese
  • Condiments

Shopping, meal planning, and related questions are also answered:

  • What should I buy at the grocery store? Farmer’s market?
  • Are there things I should get online?
  • What foods are good to take fresh and what’s best canned?
  • Can I take any frozen food? What other options are there?
  • Are dehydrated and powdered foods ever worthwhile?
  • How long will various food last without refrigeration?
  • If I want to take a cooler, what type is best?

You’ll get over 60 main dish ideas and even a four-day sample meal plan to help you see what’s possible. No unrealistic gourmet meals, but great-tasting everyday dishes.

Print Copy

160 pages. Designed and printed in the USA. Minimal packaging.


Available to download immediately from your purchase confirmation. Read on any electronic device with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Author

Carolyn Shearlock is the founder of The Boat Galley and an instructor at Cruisers University at the Annapolis Boat Shows. In addition to her articles and podcasts for The Boat Galley, she frequently writes for various boating and cruising magazines. She is the author of The Boat Galley Cookbook.

The food storage methods in Storing Food Without Refrigeration aren’t something Carolyn has tried for only a few days or tested in an air-conditioned home kitchen. 

She's refined her techniques over a lifetime of adventures: tent camping for four months without even a cooler (twice!), week-long canoe trips, nine weeks camping in Africa, ten weeks across the western U.S. (had a cooler on that trip!) and close to a hundred shorter trips.

For fourteen years, Carolyn has lived on a sailboat with such a tiny refrigerator that she still had to store most of her family's food outside it.

In short, Carolyn knows what actually works – and all the little tips that make the difference between success and failure.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 37 reviews
gregory t.
Get the hard copy!

Lots great information. Very difficult to read as I accidentally bought the pdf vs paperback

It will be put to good use. I got the cookbook in paperback!

Sasha s.
Storing Food Without Refrigeration

The information was good. however, I had done a ton of research before reading this book, and was hoping to get some hidden gems, that I didn't already know about. This is a great starter if you plan to live off grid.

Edwin C.W.
Good book for landlubbers also

Landlubber wannabe boaters like me are learning that all this electronic stuff in our lives won't do us much good if the electricity stops or a few electrons start cheating in all those computerized controls around us. I tend to throw away a lot of lettuce so following your tips about cabbage I bought some cold slaw at the market yesterday and will see what a BCT (bacon, lettuce and cabbage) sandwich tastes like. BTW, camp toast (bread buttered both sides and browned in the griddle) should make it a "killer" sandwich. Ha,Ha.
Ed Weldon