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Help! My Freezer's Dying!
December 15, 2009
3:09 pm
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Just B
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Help!  My freezer's dying, and I need to get a new one, and I don't know what to get.

I have no idea what size my current freezer is.  It seems to take up less space than my stacking washer/dryer.  My husband wants me to get a smaller freezer, but I have dreams of beef and pork and chickens and lots and lots of frozen vegetables and freezer jam … if I can ever figure out how to grow fruit and vegetables., and if I can ever find a place that provides affordable bulk meats.

What is a good size for a family of two adults and a super-skinny 19-year old daughter who won't eat anything pizza?

Oh, and it has to be a stand-up freezer.

Are any brands better than others?  My current freezer is an unknown brand, but it did last nearly 17 years.  How long do freezers usually last?

Thanks,

B

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December 15, 2009
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We are really happy with the Amana upright freezer.  We've had it over 15 years and it's still chugging along.

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December 15, 2009
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Newer freezers definitely don't last as long as the old faithful ones did like yours, but they are much more energy efficient, so I guess it's a trade off. 

I don't know of any that are all that much better than the rest… my suggestion would be one that is an established brand that has a decent warranty, not the extended warranty that you have to pay extra for, those are almost always a waste of money, just the regular manufacturers warranty.

To find out the cu ft space, just measure the depth of the inside space, and the width and the length of the storage area, then multiply them all (d x w x l) and that will be the cubic foot area so you can compare it to any new ones you're looking at.

If you don't have time, the space or talent to garden your own vegetables, go out and find a good farmer's market or stand, and buy in bulk.  You can usually get a lower price if you buy by the bushel or crate and then can or freeze things promptly.  (I've been known to delay and regret it, the best thing about buying things is you can often plan ahead, a garden often hands you things ready or not!)

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December 15, 2009
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BuckeyeGirl said:

If you don't have time, the space or talent to garden your own vegetables, go out and find a good farmer's market or stand, and buy in bulk.  You can usually get a lower price if you buy by the bushel or crate and then can or freeze things promptly.  (I've been known to delay and regret it, the best thing about buying things is you can often plan ahead, a garden often hands you things ready or not!)


We have lovely farmers' markets here, and I belong to a CSA that delivers lots of stuff that I don't know how to eat to my door every day.  I have 9 bunches of bok choy plus kole rabi to figure out this week.  I've never eaten either before.

But, mostly, I remember my mother's BEAUTIFUL vegetable garden, and I really want to have one of my own some day.  It's may way of connecting with her and all the things about her that I didn't appreciate when I should have.

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December 15, 2009
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I would reccommend 14CU FT. Chest Freezer keep it in the garage.With upright freezer every time you open the door the cold air falls out,especially in warm places like CA

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December 15, 2009
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I have 2 freezers so when they are halfway I can trow it all in one..and unplug one..when I harvest my garden I turn both freezers on…

Every fall we buy half a beef (or more) from our cousin…and he also lives close to a butcher who sells bacon and the rest of the pig

I wanted my own..but not sure if I can eat my own pig..so we don't know for sure if we get a pig in February…I already ordered 2.

I also always check in stores for sales on meat..and buy more when the price is right…come home devide in portions and freeze.

Same with meat for sandwiches…I buy the whole ham..and cut it athome…devide in portions and freeze it

So I need big freezer(s) but it is all personal…if the one you have right now…is big enough…you can stay with that size.

If you ever start your garden…you can always look a second one to add.

December 15, 2009
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Just B said:

We have lovely farmers' markets here, and I belong to a CSA that delivers lots of stuff that I don't know how to eat to my door every day.  I have 9 bunches of bok choy plus kole rabi to figure out this week.  I've never eaten either before.

But, mostly, I remember my mother's BEAUTIFUL vegetable garden, and I really want to have one of my own some day.  It's may way of connecting with her and all the things about her that I didn't appreciate when I should have.


Ahhhh,  I completely understand wanting a garden as your mother did.  Start small and enjoy!

Kohlerabi!  Yum! Just peal it with a paring knife or a potato pealer and slice it a bit thin and eat it like a sort of radish, or cut in matchsticks and add to any salad, they can be cut in chunks and roasted with other veggies, or I'm told they can be pickled too, though I've never had it that way and I have my doubts!  Do a google on it for more recipes!  Laugh

bok choy, make a slaw or use in stir fry. 

both are peppery and crunchy and good.

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December 16, 2009
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Just be sure that your new freezer has an alarm, then you won't have the mess that I did last year.  Freezer was outside in a shed, and had unthawed bu the time I found it.  Compare prices, there can be a difference of $20 to $80 on the same freezer in different stores.  Good luck!!

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