Buying A Freezer

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Last year around this time my rocket scientist hubby helped us out with a great post on on how to buy a generator.  This year we thought we would give you some information on purchasing a freezer.  After all, one of the primary goals we set for ourselves each month is to make a double batch of dinner twice per week for the freezer.  I for one, am quickly running out of freezer space!!  We currently have a chest freezer in the garage.  It is 5.1 cubic feet and for a family of four the storage is getting tight.  Daja has an upright freezer that is 20.6 cubic feet and she has plenty of room even for her soon-to-be family of ten.

Freezer Types:

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Upright freezers are better for organizing your food.  With shelves and drawers all the food is easily seen making it less likely you will lose forget items.  They don’t hold constant temperature as well as chest freezers especially on the door shelves.  Also, it’s important to know whether you are buying a manual or self-defrosting model.  Manual models are quieter and can be packed much more densely because they do not have the fans needed for circulating air like the self-defrosting models.

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Chest freezers are just that, chests, large open compartments where organization is more difficult.  Some do come with baskets to help hold your smaller items.  Chest freezers are generally better at keeping the cold air in because the door opens from the top and will keep your food longer in the event of a power outage.  Also, most reviews agree that chest freezers cause less freezer burn.  Most if not all chest freezers are manual defrost.  (Note:  Don’t be afraid of some frost build up.  As long as there isn’t so much that it’s cutting down on your storage space it’s fine.  And, if there is a power outage the extra ice in there will help keep the food cold longer.)

Things you want to consider when purchasing a freezer.

1.  Freezer capacities come in a wide range; compact (3-5 cubic feet,) small (6-9 cubic feet,) medium (10-18 cubic feet,) and large (19+ cubic feet.)  You will want to choose the best size for your usage and size of your family.  Daja shared that her freezer is full now but large enough for her day-to-day needs.  If she wanted to invest in a side of beef she would need an extra freezer just for storing that.  My compact freezer is very small, probably the same size as my refrigerator freezer so I have to keep more things (flour and various grains) in dry storage than I would like.

2.  Where will it be located?  Either inside your home or in a garage you will want to measure the area.  The location will probably dictate whether you can fit a chest or upright freezer.  Don’t forget to take into account the space required for the door to open.  Also, make sure you measure the door where you will be bringing the freezer into your home.  Nothing like having the freezer delivered and then can’t fit it through the door!

3.   Energy savings!  This is a very important category.  Unfortunately, the information on the “yellow” tag at the store isn’t always very accurate.  I would highly recommend purchasing a consumer report on freezers before you buy.  That being said there are few things you can do to help your freezer be more energy efficient.  First, if it is in the garage try to place it on an interior/shared wall with the inside of the house and farther away from the garage door itself.  This will help decrease temperature fluctuations.  Secondly, an empty freezer takes more energy to run.  If you are slowly building your food stores, try keeping water filled milk jugs inside the freezer until you have more food.  Third, defrost and clean your freezer if there is a large build up of frost.  Unfortunately large amounts of ice build up do decrease the freezers efficiency.

After you have purchased your freezer, make sure you download our helpful organizing tools.  After you go through the effort of cooking and storing food the last thing you want to do is forget about it!

Disclaimer:  I used pictures directly from the Best Buy website and have included the links to the items.  We are not affiliated with Best Buy and do not endorse these particular products specifically.

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  1. Thanks for the advice. I’m thinking of investing in a new freezer and you make some good points. I imagine some people will have bought freezers that wont go through the front door. (Imagine the nightmare). In terms of filling up unused freezer space one that I’ve been told is to put scrunched up newspaper in to fill the gaps. Don’t know how it compares with the water filled milk jugs but at least it is another option…

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