Jesse and I have a chest freezer in our bedroom. One of the big perks of moving to our new apartment is that we will get to store the chest freezer in our new second bedroom. I’m sure that having a freezer in a second bedroom is still odd to all of your lucky people who possess garages or basements, but I think it will feel like pure decadence to us.
Why We Have a Freezer in Our Bedroom
How did we come to have a chest freezer in our bedroom? Well, about a year and a half ago I was slowly losing my mind over getting things to fit in the freezer above our refrigerator. I’d started buying whole chickens from our CSA and they just didn’t fit well into that little freezer, especially when I tried to buy two at a time so as to cut down on how often I needed to drive to the across town pick-up site. I was also buying some packages of grass-fed ground beef and trying to freeze a few pre-cooked meals, and well, you get the idea.
The last straw was when we started to consider splitting a quarter of a cow with some friends. There was no way that 40 or so pounds of meat would fit in the above fridge freezer, considering how tight it was already. So we did some research and eventually decided to purchase a small chest freezer.
The freezer went in the bedroom because there was absolutely no place for it in the dining room, kitchen or living room, but we did have an available wall in our bedroom once I moved a few things around.
Other than the fact that it takes up space, it really has been fine having it in the bedroom. It makes some noise from time to time when it turns on, but we sleep with an air filter for white noise so we don’t really notice. It is a little funny to be constantly traipsing into the bedroom with my arms full of meatballs, roast, frozen fruit, or other foods bound for the freezer, but sometimes real food just makes you odd.
Why I Love My Chest Freezer
I am so, so glad that we decided to purchase our freezer. It makes my life easier in many ways:
1. Most of the time I don’t need to fight with the freezer to get things to fit. Sure, occasionally I will order too much meat or try to store too many servings of meatballs, but for the most part I just put things in and close the lid. No longer do I have to rearrange a bunch of things in order to get anything new to fit.
2. I can freeze a lot more than I used to be able to. Not just raw meats, which really need to be frozen, but also meals or parts of meals like soups or pre-cooked meats.
3. I can make bigger orders from our CSA or Azure. Our CSA doesn’t always have all the meats I want in stock, so when I see them come in I like to order a lot to hold me for a while. Ten stewing hens definitely won’t fit in my above fridge freezer. Similarly, my Azure order group now only orders every two months, so I always need to stock up on things that may have to go in the freezer.
4. I have enough room for the frozen container for my ice cream maker. Being able to make ice cream makes me happy.
5. The whole “we have a freezer in our bedroom” is also a great conversation starter.
If you don’t think you have room for a freezer but really want one anyway, I encourage you to think creatively about the space you have available. Maybe you’ll find an unusual solution that works for you.
Do you have a chest freezer? How does it affect your real food life?
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