A good Freezer is to a point a must have if at all possable, a small chest freezer in a apartment can be both freezer, covered with a pretty table cloth and a shelf/storage. Once you get to the point of wanting to buy bigger deals for cost savings, you need a bigger freezer, these ones can go in spare rooms, or basements or if selected right unheated garages
But at some point if you are homesteading, while you can do a lot of canning/drying and fermenting, you are going to need freezers if you want to be able to store and eat “fresh” meat.
Back in the day when I was a young one, It was always a massive heavy duty in the shed or garage or by the side of the house/sheltered big chest freezers.. they were massive, you could put half a beef, a pig and a dozen chickens in there.. I never remember them using freezers for fruit or veggies or bread.. Fruit was canned or dried or eaten fresh, Veggies were canned,dried or root cellared or eaten fresh, bread, cookies, cakes and so made and eaten fresh with the odd extra being put away..
Christmas might be the only time you would find for a few weeks a selection of baking goods in the big freeze but they were off limits, no eating them, they were being bulk saved for the big spread, company before, during and New Years eve.
We needed a new Freezer but I wanted a upright for the working space in the main floor pantry, by moving out med sized chest freezer, I would have a lot more room for storage while having eqaul amount of freezer..
I was waiting for Boxing week sales, I wanted to try for discount and free delivery, I didn’t expect great deals but it was still some off in the end, so it was worth the wait. However so many makes and models were out of stock and those you could order would take till april or longer to get to me.
Then I found a new to me, store in ottawa and they had a very interesting model, its a upright that I can set with the dial on the front to be a full fridge or a full freezer.. it was within the same price range as a good freezer only.. Research was required and it appears they have good reports.. SOLD!
Introducing “steel” my two in one..
In summer/early fall after a good use up of my winter supply, I will switch the last to a small chest and move “steel” to a full fridge, giving me the ability to hold more fruit, veggie and so on till I can process it.. then come later fall (butcher time) I will move it back to a full freezer.. it has a rapid freeze cycle to it for bulk buying or in my case butcher days.. I like it, I can spread out the fresh wrapped and hit the flash freeze and then move to other freezers.
Hubby and I worked for a number of hours yesterday, sorting and shifting, old in front of new, but also pulling from the different freezers to make “Steel” my working freezer for the winter/spring..
By that I mean we have different sections, we pulled fruit, Veggie, Wild Game, Pork, lamb, Beef, Chicken, Duck, Goose, Rabbit and Cheese.. This will allow me to do the fullest shopping choices from our home grown, home butchered supply.. by sorting all the freezers, we have done full rotations and counts..
I strongly recommend that if you have a freezer or Freezers, that you give them a shake up.. sort them out, go though them, see what is tucked in there, if you had fresh coming in this fall, find last years and make sure they get used up..
It might seem like a lot when everything is in.. but if you are shopping from home and not the store all year long.. its amazing how fast your fills can be but also how steadily they empty..
Do any of you have one of the combo units where you can choose to make it a all fridge or a all freezer?