Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday #12

Do you have an extra fridge in your garage? You know we do, with six kids and nearly half of them teenagers. As the days get shorter and the nights colder, freezing temperatures will soon be upon us, and you know what that means--the extra fridge becomes a freezer!

What to do? To keep those extra gallons of milk pourable and drinkable, here's a simple trick.

Save a couple empty plastic gallon milk jugs, and when you're locking up at night, fill one of them with hot water. Place in the garage refrigerator and it'll warm things up just enough. In fact, the water will freeze before the milk will. Replace as needed--usually every 24 hours is often enough.

We don't do this every night throughout the winter here in Chicago, and usually things are fine. But when the forecast is for especially bitter weather, this has worked for me reliably for several years now!

For more Works for Me tips, see Rocks in My Dryer.

6 comments:

Mommy Cracked said...

I don't think I'll ever have to worry about this because I live so far south, but this is a great tip.

Stephanie @ ATime4Everything.com said...

You know we have been blessed with a small fridge that we have put in our garage, and I never thought about it freezing! Eeck! Glad you mentioned it! Thanks!

Martie said...

Thank you SO much! We really needed this tip! It dips down to negative 30 here, and suddenly we have another freezer. You're awesome!

Martie

Anonymous said...

My husband aims a shop light at the compressor of our outdoor freezer in a shed. He said the oil in the compressor will thicken in cold weather possibly harming the motor or shutting it off.

Lisa said...

This is a great tip! We'll definitely use this!

TX Poppet said...

A safe, economical tip? Well done!