An Experiment: Victorian Christmas Pudding Part II 1/2

Something rather upsetting happened last night: fruit flies became VERY interested in our Christmas Pudding 😦 We took it down from it’s happy hanging place and put it in the fridge. We still have high hopes for enjoying it after our Christmas feast and I will still follow up with that post to let you all know how it turned out.

We are definitely disappointed that we had to put the pudding in the refrigerator. Not so much because we don’t want cold pudding, but because this was also an experiment in keeping food in the Victorian way. I know what some of you are thinking: “That’s why they invented refrigerators. Duh!” My husband & I are trying to move away from things like microwaves, refrigerators, ranges, and- well, electricity in general. Our goal is to start putting food by in it’s most nutritional form which DOES NOT include refrigerators. Refrigerators are actually very bad for food- that’s why they have to be so cold. Fridges create a very damp environment, which bacteria like and is why they have to make the internal temperature so cold. And the cold temperature diminishes the nutrient content as well as the flavor of foods. Traditional pantries, cold pits, and root cellars are actually MUCH better places to store food and that is what we are working towards. That is why this was so disappointing.

But we think we’ve also found a solution for next time: another flour sack towel. Yep. It’s that simple. All we should have to do is wrap the pudding in another clean, dry flour sack towel and then hang it. Problem should be solved! But for now, we’ll keep the pudding in the fridge and see how it turns out.

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