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    brand/style/cost of freezer - any recommendations?

    TexasBlonde
    Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:05 pm
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    For $$ and time-saving reasons, DH and I are looking at purchasing a freezer for the garage. I would REALLY appreciate any ideas/tips/thoughts/help because we are clueless!!

    Chest vs. Upright?
    Brand?
    Size?
    Electric bills?
    What else should we be thinking about?

    Also, how long do you think it will take before our freezer "pays for itself"? Or is this just unrealistic?
    UnknownChef86
    Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:53 pm
    Forum Host
    Lantana wrote:
    For $$ and time-saving reasons, DH and I are looking at purchasing a freezer for the garage. I would REALLY appreciate any ideas/tips/thoughts/help because we are clueless!!

    Chest vs. Upright?
    Brand?
    Size?
    Electric bills?
    What else should we be thinking about?

    Also, how long do you think it will take before our freezer "pays for itself"? Or is this just unrealistic?

    While a chest freezer is actually better when it comes to saving on the electric bill (cold travels down...it pours out of an upright when opened), I personally prefer upright freezers because I'm only 5'2-1/2"...I have this mental image of me reaching for a turkey in the botton and winding up with my legs kicking in the air because I accidentally pulled myself in and can't get back out... icon_redface.gif

    No matter which freezer you get, you should keep it as full as possible to save $...otherwise your freezer is having to work hard to keep air cold. If you can't afford to keep it full of food, you can fill clean milk jugs about 3/4 full of water and loosely put the cap on. Store them in your freezer to help take up the room. They can always be removed later when you need the room. But doing this will help your freezer function more efficiently.

    As far as brand...I'd stick with one of the well-known brands just because there's more accountability.

    Size? I'd get as big as you can afford and will use. I used to have one of those huge older freezers, but it died. icon_sad.gif Got a new one and lost about half of my freezer space. I hate the size, but it's what they make now...they assume people don't need a bigger freezer because everybody has 1.5 children these days, right? icon_rolleyes.gif At any rate, I'd get as big as you can reasonably afford because you can always stock up on good sales that will (in the long run) save you money on your grocery bill.

    As far as electric bills are concerned, check for the Energy Star rating. Find out how much it costs to run that particular appliance per year. Check with your local power company...sometimes they run rebates for Energy Star products.

    Just a thought re. frost-free vs. non-frost-free: When we got our last freezer I specifically got one that wasn't frost-free because frost-free ones are really hard on your frozen food. The reason they're "frost free" is because they remove the moisture from the air in the freezer. Any little holes in your food packages can cause it to do the same thing to your food...which winds up to freezer-burn.

    Good luck!
    TexasBlonde
    Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:21 pm
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    Thanks so much! Especially about the frost-free and the milk jugs. So much to learn!!

    I am vertically challenged as well, but my nightmare is opening the top and having the turkey fall out on my head!!!

    I have a Trio fridge now with two doors on top and freezer on bottom. No tippy toes to see what's in the freezer. But it is shallow and I don't keep anything heavy in there. I see your point - "Help! I've fallen into my freezer and I can't get out!" There's the newest Medic Alert commercial waiting to happen...
    UnknownChef86
    Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:27 pm
    Forum Host
    Lantana wrote:
    Thanks so much! Especially about the frost-free and the milk jugs. So much to learn!!

    I am vertically challenged as well, but my nightmare is opening the top and having the turkey fall out on my head!!!

    I have a Trio fridge now with two doors on top and freezer on bottom. No tippy toes to see what's in the freezer. But it is shallow and I don't keep anything heavy in there. I see your point - "Help! I've fallen into my freezer and I can't get out!" There's the newest Medic Alert commercial waiting to happen...

    icon_eek.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    You know...I've got a MedicAlert bracelet...I wonder if I should put "vertically challenged" on it... icon_biggrin.gif rotfl.gif
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