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LITTLEWIND53's Photo LITTLEWIND53 Posts: 15,157
8/8/12 10:04 P

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My parents had a BIG chest freezer and over the years accumulated 3 of them and they were all FULL.

So when I struck out on my own, I bought a 12 cu chest. Trouble was, I couldn't reach the bottom to clean it..... So when it died I replaced with an upright.

I am on my second one now, and love love love it. I can see what I have in there and actually REACH it.

I use my freezer extensively. At this time of year I could do with another one so I can store more foods while they are cheep and plentiful. But.... no room, and no money to buy another one of ANY size.

To the lady who said she was going to try making meals and freezing them.... I used to do this when I was still working. I have some MW tv trays and every week I would make up a different meal, one weekend it would be turkey dinners, another roast beef, or maybe some interesting recipes I found. Then each day on my way to work, I would just grab a tray on my way out the door. Usually didn't know what was in it (can't see through tin foil) but sure was nice to have a variety stashed in the freezer to make my mornings easier. I still cook in bulk sometimes, but more because I don't know how to cook for one having spent years cooking for a large family. So handy to be able to freeze all that extra soup, or stew, etc.

I have trouble standing for any length of time, so I never can anymore. I just bring everything home from the grocery store and pack it into the freezer..... What would I do without it? lol

Edited by: LITTLEWIND53 at: 8/8/2012 (22:06)
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5/6/12 5:56 P

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I hear you on that chest freezer. I never did know how I'd ever be able to keep track and find anything if I loaded one of those up. It did come in handy back in the old days when we used to store a couple boxes of snow in the winter...... storing it so we could have "sugar on snow" as part of July 4th big gathering.

I got great deal on upright. DH's sister had three and wanted to get rid of one. It just cost us the gas in his brother's truck to transport it.

I need freezer space especially in summer when I make lots of homemade sorbets and low-cal sherbets & ice creams. Made healthy and also avoid the sticker shock at store. Store prices are outrageous considering that most of the quality is way way way down.


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SUNRISE14's Photo SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
5/2/12 10:51 A

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I FREEZE SOME BUT I PREFERE CANNING !

The Lord is my strength and i know i can do better with the Lords help. The Lord laid it on my heart to start a team called GOD ANSWERS PRAYER AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANYBODY THAT WANTS HELP TO LOSE THEIR WEIGHT TO JOIN . I KNOW I CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT THE LORDS HELP !


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AMIGWEN's Photo AMIGWEN Posts: 309
5/2/12 8:42 A

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Yum! I haven't had venison in years. Unfortunately my DH is not a hunter and no one in my family shares theirs! LOL. Of course they live 14 hours away so that could have a lot to do with it. :)

I have a top-freezer fridge and a chest freezer. Neither are very convenient. The top-freezer is way too small and the chest freezer is just that - a chest with everything thrown in. I've been thinking about buying an upright freezer. I think I can get one for about $300 and my brother works and Lowe's and can get a discount.

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SUNRISE14's Photo SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
5/2/12 8:11 A

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I AM TRYING TO CLEAN OUT OUR FREEZER AND AM GOING TO BE MORE CAREFUL OF WHAT I PUT IN IT MAKE IT COUNT. WE GOT A SIDE BY SIDE AND ANOTHER SMALL FREEZER ! GOT A DEER IN IT THAT HAS REALLY HELPED WITH THE GROCERY BILL ! MADE DEER AND SAUSAGE MEATBALLS WAS GREAT ! emoticon

The Lord is my strength and i know i can do better with the Lords help. The Lord laid it on my heart to start a team called GOD ANSWERS PRAYER AND I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ANYBODY THAT WANTS HELP TO LOSE THEIR WEIGHT TO JOIN . I KNOW I CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT THE LORDS HELP !


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JET150's Photo JET150 Posts: 8,336
5/1/12 9:18 P

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Sounds like you have the right idea, to just start with a few foods. We tend to fill our freezer sometimes with more of an item than we really want. It is a learning process!

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AMIGWEN's Photo AMIGWEN Posts: 309
5/1/12 6:10 P

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I'm a planner. I love to plan. I plan all day long. The problem with that is I'm not a "do"er. I don't DO anything I plan. I just like to plan! LOL

So I've decided to tackle this freezer menu business SLOWLY. I bought LOTS of bananas and am freezing them. I bought lots of veggies that I know I can freeze to add in my dishes like celery, onions, bell peppers, etc.

I ordered some special plates that go from the freezer to the microwave (enough for a full month's worth, hopefully they are washable). I also ordered a few "Freezer to Oven" containers. They were relatively cheap so I thought I'd try them out.

This weekend I plan on trying out three or four recipes to freeze just to see how it goes. If all goes well I will do it more often and in bulk. Baby steps. I just need to take baby steps! :)

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