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Is a small chest freezer cost effective?

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  1. KeltonsMom

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    I have a friend who has asked me if I would be willing to keep their small chest freezer in my home, and I would be able to use it to keep my frozen foods in..

    There is no question that I can keep it full, I plan on cooking meals and putting the leftovers in the freezer to have for dinner at a later date.

    I am even considering getting vacuum sealer so I can seal meats and veggies to put in the freezer.

    I am doing everything I can to reduce my electric bill, so I was wondering if having a small energy efficient chest freezer would make a big hit on my bill..
     
  2. Connie(BC)Type 1

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    The only I don't like about mine is it's not frost free. I also have a large upright freezer and a large fridge with large freezer in the garage. I really do like to buy in bulk. The vacuum sealer is a great idea too! There's only 2 of us too!
     
  3. KeltonsMom

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    Frost Free might be a must have since the only place I can put the freezer is in the dining room..:eek: Unless I can hook up a hose to the drain and have the water go into a container for watering the garden..

    I cannot afford to have anything go to waste.
     
  4. amieelynne

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    it's going to matter how old the freezer is...I replaced a smallish chest freezer with a large standing freezer and didn't see an increase in my electric bill because the old freezer was about 7 yrs old and not very energy efficent. IMO..rule of thumb, if the freezer is over 5 yrs old it becomes a question of need to use vs. costing money to use. meaning--you'll save money by buying food in bulk and freezing meals--but you are probably going to take a hit (even if it is a small one) on your electric bill for running an older freezer. the style makes a difference too...if it's not frost free it'll use more electricity too (or so I was told).

    I definately couldn't live without my freezers--yes, s as in more than one. I have a french door fridge in my kitchen, a side by side in the basement along with a standing freezer. I shop at the butcher once every 2 months. I clean, trim fat and divide the meat into ready to use portions--sometimes adding the marinade to the meat before freezing--and then vacuum seal for use later. I buy in bulk at BJ's wholesale club, local grocery stores during sales and clip coupons...I save a ton of money and still manage to put a real meal on the table at least 5 nights a week ;-)
     
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    I think you could probably call your electric company and ask what it would increase it, I'm pretty sure they have charts that will give you a ballpark figure.

    We have a large chest freezer that is always in use & a small chest freezer that we plug in & fill when we send a cow to the butcher shop. I've never noticed much of a difference in the electric bill. I've also found that foods stored in the chest freezer keep so much better & longer that those kept in the freezer compartment of the fridge.
     
  6. Connie(BC)Type 1

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    We only have to defrost about 1x a year for the small chest freezer, and a couple towels does the trick, and we didn't notice a difference when we got it in our hydro bill, it was sold with the energy saver label
     
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    we got one about 8 years ago and i dont remember ours going up if that helps any ...i think as long as its not an old old one you should be good
     
  8. KeltonsMom

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    I was told that the freezer is only a month old..So, it should be good on electricity..

    Once I get it I can stock up on meats and veggies and put them all in vacuum sealer bags..

    It will be good to only have to buy things like milk, eggs, and cereal.
     
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    then by all means--go for it. you might also want to take a look at some cookbooks that address meal prep/planning. I've had these on my own wishlist for awhile--for some new ideas. I fix and freeze a few times a month to make things simple on nights I have a late class or when we have activities--major timesaver

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance
     
  10. KeltonsMom

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    These are great!! Thank you so much for posting these links!!:)
     
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    We have 2 upright freezers in our basement. One is older than I am that we bought used when we first were married, and it is still going strong. We freeze a lot of stuff, and buy in bulk at Sam's club. We bought one of those Reynold's Handi-Vacs, and they work great. My dh is always sucking the air out of the zipper bags with a straw (which grosses me out...I hate raw meat!) He thinks the Handi-Vac is the greatest thing ever! :rolleyes:

    My parents bought us a vacuum sealer for Christmas one year (might have been Daisy brand, I can't remember) but it was a piece of junk. I'm sure they improved them a lot more since we got that one, but I thought I would throw the Handi-vac out there, if you don't want to spend much money on one. I think you can go to their website & get a coupon for a starter kit, too.
     
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    http://www.30daygourmet.com/

    Try this one as well. This is a GREAT book. Plus, once you have the book, it gives you a code to use online to get a bunch of additional recipes, info and so forth.
     
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    Chest freezers in your basement are very efficient, because they don't lose heat as fast as freezers that open on the side. In your garage it needs to work a bit harder in the summer.

    If it's half-empty or near empty, fill it with something solid. It's a lot harder to cool air, than something with a lot of thermal mass like ice.
     
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    Do you do as this suggest and cook 20 to 30 meals at a time to stock the freezer or do you just use the recipes. I'm not sure I would do my cooking that way but I would like a good reference for freezing (what freezes well, what doesn't, how long do things keep etc.)
     

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