For a freezer-refrigerator, the longest heatwave of the Summer
With a post-Labor Day defrost--once the feels-like temperature dissipated
In the open-windowed home.
Humidity condensation ice crystals caked
the back wall of the freezer;
A lightbulb glow detailed the crevices that formed,
the peaks surrounding
The centered fan vent.
Within the refrigerator,
sweat beads collect on glass jars, (wax-coated)
Cartons, plastic containers,
and aluminum cans; a faint breeze (motor
Whir) does nothing to chill the air.
Items not soured or spoiled were placed into an adjacent cupboard:
bananas, bread, English muffins, eggs, peanut butter, grape
chips, relish, ketchup, mustard, chili oil crisps, and
into a soft insulated cooler with reusable ice packs were peas,
strawberries, blueberries, broccoli soup, tomato sauce,
Butter, turkey hot
dogs, breakfast sausage, sweet sausage, chicken
Thighs, and Angus ribeye.
freezer door was propped open--the refrigerator, similarly; the
lever was slid to the "off" setting.
The next morning, the upper
compartment was toweled dry; the lower
Required sponges to absorb the pooled
water--the excess, into a bucket;
After the surfaces were wiped clean, the
lever was positioned at the
Middle mark; the doors were closed; half a day
empty, the combo
Appliance shelves were restocked.
The items stored
in the cooler were nearly thawed; fearing that the Angus
Was beginning to
go bad, the ribeye was sliced crosswise allowing wide
Pieces to freeze more
quickly; a sizable portion was put aside, cooked
Flash-frozen Jersey Spinach (sautéed)
-- Sunflower Oil
Sour Cream (spoon-blended)
Ribeye Beef (sliced, seared)
-- Sunflower Oil
Focaccia (halved, toasted)