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Old 09-10-2006, 03:36 PM   #1
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Chest freezer?

Is it worth it? What kind is better, upright or chest? What size do you have?

I am really trying to do everything possible to save money, and I really want to start making/freezing meals so I can really stock up on food if there is a sale..kwim?

I probably wont be buying new, so any suggestions on where to look for a used one?
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For energy wise the chest freezer is the best. I had two of them at one time and they were great! I didn't like having to dig for things but if you rotate stock you will be fine.
No help to find a used on though, sorry
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:06 PM   #3
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We have an upright freezer. We bought it a couple years ago and I love it. I think I really prefer it to digging in an upright, which I have dealt with in my nanny jobs over the years. BUT...that being said, there are ways to organize chest freezers to minimize your digging.
With my upright I have door shelves like on a fridge and I love those for things like butter, bacon, sausages, etc. Then I have the shelves divided into meat types and bread and prepared meals and stocks.

What about Craig's List for a used one...or little local papers. We have a sales paper here in Maine called Uncle Henrys. You can sell just about anything in Uncle Henrys. lol

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We just got a chest freezer... dh's supplys us with venison in the fall is it is a big $$ saver. Ours is 20 cu ft and we got it from freecycle. Its only 12 yrs old (major scrore!)
I want to prepare 30 meals ahead for when the new baby comes so I don't have cook (but reheat) for a month.
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We dont have one yet, I keep checking our craigs list and the cheapcycle yahoo group here but I have heard from my FIL to not to go with a chest style as he has known kids in the family to fall in. I dont want to chance an accident or a mean spirited older sibling personally.

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Old 09-11-2006, 02:41 PM   #6
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We dont have one yet, I keep checking our craigs list and the cheapcycle yahoo group here but I have heard from my FIL to not to go with a chest style as he has known kids in the family to fall in. I dont want to chance an accident or a mean spirited older sibling personally.

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I believe there are safety locks you can put on them so kids can't get them open.
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Old 09-14-2006, 04:35 PM   #7
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Re: Chest freezer?

A chest freezer is much more energy effecient than an upright because when you open it the "cold" stays in. With an upright when you open it the "cold" rushes out the door and uses more energy to cool it again....but an upright is sooooo much more conveneint, no digging through 2 feet of frozen food to get to something in the bottom.
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Old 09-20-2006, 07:56 PM   #8
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Re: Chest freezer?

A freezer is definitely worth the money. I had a smaller chest one and it worked great, then we needed to upgrade. We upgraded to a stand up one. I really don't like it. I was better organized with the chest freezer. Also, another thing to consider is that chest freezers close automatically (the weight of the door keeps it closed). It is a very good thing if you have the freezer crammed full. I found the door of our upright one open a few inches last week. I usually lock it, but forgot that one time. All it takes is once to lose a whole year's worth of food. Next time I'm definitely buying a chest freezer.
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