A deep freezer has been on my “want” list for a long time but I wanted to wait until we were out of an apartment setting and into our new home. We’ve had it for 7 months now so I’d say it’s time to tell you about this gem!
Dave got employee of the month (woo!) back in November which means he got to park in the MVP parking spot… with his bike… and he got his pick of a $25 gift card from various stores. Since a deep freezer was on our radar he chose a gift card to Lowes. I found a 10% off coupon code just by Googling for one and we ordered the freezer during a period where shipping was free for orders over $100. The price tag said $232 but our total cost with the discounts and taxes was $187 for a 7.0 cubit ft GE chest freezer.
Why a deep freezer for only two people?
We have the standard fridge/freezer in our kitchen and a small pantry but I would say that most of the food we use comes from the freezer:
We get our bread from an Aunt Millie’s outlet down the store from my parents for $0.75 a loaf. I usually keep 6 loaves of bread in the freezer and pull one out as needed.
Nuts, Fruit, & Veggies
Next door to Aunt Millie’s is a wholesale produce market where we get ridiculously cheap prices on produce. When fruit is in season there are amazing sales at the market so if I can’t get there to stock up my mom will pick up enough for both of us to freeze so we have plenty of fresh fruit throughout the off season. We’re talking CASES of blueberries, mangoes, pomegranates, raspberries, and blackberries. We put a variety of the frozen fruit in our full fat yogurt when we pack our lunches in the evening. I’ve shared the awesome method my mom taught me to freeze mangoes and how my mother-in-law freezes leftover tomato paste. I do freeze some vegetables but I usually just buy frozen bags from the store when I find a good deal. We go through a few pounds of frozen veggies every week since I usually have 1-2 cups with my eggs in the morning. Good thing eggs don’t need to be frozen or I’d need another deep freezer just for them! We usually go through 3-4 dozen a week!
When I find a good deal on meat, I stock up. That way I’m not paying a ton for ground beef when I realize I’m out of it when I sign up to make tacos for a potluck. You’ll often find stew meat for our favorite beef stew, ground beef, chicken, pork chops, some kind of fish, and shrimp in our freezer.
Not much to be said here. I’m home with Nora full time with the exception of teaching my nutrition class twice a month and occasional health fairs where I represent the hospital where I’m employed. I’m nursing her 90% and she gets a bottle when I work or when I’m gone longer than her usual time between feedings. I’ve probably got a couple gallons worth frozen in storage bags so it takes up a good chunk of space.
My friend Ambi and I recently made our first attempt at preparing multiple freezer meals. It went well and I stocked my freezer with plenty of delicious meals (you can see what we made here). When Nora was born we were signed up with Meal Baby and received over 30 meals from my church including a bunch of Wildtree freezer meals. I was glad we got the deep freezer before Nora arrived because it was full for the first few months of her life!
What do you keep in your freezer?