ONE of the first items to ‘go off’ when I pulled the plug on my refrigerator on New Year’s day was the tofu. I couldn’t complain. The storage instructions made it clear that, although the expiry date wasn’t until the end of January, refrigeration was necessary. Even so, I was surprised that it became unusable after only two days at room temperature.
Tofu is a key part of my diet; so I needed to find one that would last, or turn to an alternative source of protein pretty quickly. I found a product from the ‘Nutrition House’ company of Bangkok (http://www.spa-foods.com/about-us.htm). They sell tofu products under the J.V brand.
CRIPES, it’s a new year! I’ve got to do something about my carbon footprint. Depending on which calculator I use, it’s been between three tonnes and seven tonnes CO₂ for a couple of years now, and that’s not good enough.
So I’ve decided to try and take refrigeration out of the picture. That would be difficult enough even if I was living in the cold climes of the Northern hemisphere, but it’s not so easy if you’re living in Thailand where the temperature never drops below boiling!
At the moment my fridge is full of my usual stuff – tofu, vegetables, pots of custard, cooked chickpeas, water, fruit, garlic etc. – and I’m worried that much of it will spoil if I just switch the power off and start living without refrigeration.
But I’m going to give it a shot, starting tomorrow!