But a fridge is something else. If you’ve got a fridge then you have some form of electricity, and you probably have access to indoor plumbing too. If you don’t have a fridge, though, your daily life will be different. To be honest, I hadn’t even realized how not having a fridge would affect me until I heard that story.
My entire approach to cooking and meal planning and even grocery shopping would have to change. If you can’t refrigerate left overs, then you have to cook just enough for today. And you have to go buy your food every day. But you can’t take advantage of food sales because you don’t have a way to refrigerate or freeze the extras for later. You can’t cook in bulk either. I have a friend who, no joke, cooks a month’s worth of food for her family of six one weekend a month. That’s only possible because she’s got a big honking deep freeze.
Certainly in our first world environment, I could get around this by eating out every day. And I know people who do just that, even while owning both a fridge and a stove. But what if you live in a small village with no restaurants? What if you are the cook? Then it’s all on you, always, daily.