My husband is somewhat of a prepper. In addition to our bug-out bags and cache of silver coins, we have some bottled water stashed away and an extra freezer for emergency (packaged) food. I used to be on board with disaster preparedness, but since l’ve become anti-packaging…
1.) The freezer, which we spent money on, is still plugged in, humming away, with a few lonely items left inside. It’s basically become wasted space and a pointless use of electricity.
2.) The thought of buying or drinking bottled water makes me cringe, but I do want to have some backup H2O.
As I was trying to think of a solution, I came across an article about canning water and told my husband about the idea. He said, “Why don’t you just freeze it?” He’s prepared and clever!
This idea solves both problems. Now we can have emergency water without buying bottled and use our freezer for a good cause.
TOTAL BONUS… I can repurpose the glass jars I accumulate.
AND JUST FOR THE RECORD: I always have a few frozen (homemade) meals in the regular kitchen freezer, just in case.
Not sure how freezing water compares to canning, but we’re going for it.
CAUTION: To avoid breakage, leave room at the top of the jar for the water to expand when it freezes. Use jars with “straight” sides (from pasta sauce, jam, pickles, peanut butter, yogurt, etc.). Bottles with skinny tops, like sparkling water and apple cider vinegar, can shatter (and did shatter in my freezer, right after a reader warned me!). Thank you, Heather.