Posted on May 06, 2014 Topic(s): Refrigeration
By Natalie Appleton
Growing up, your parents and grandparents probably had a deep freeze. They saw the deep freeze as protection against storms, long winters and hard times. Now, in the age of global access to produce and processed goods, are deep freezes still useful? Your Kelowna appliance experts weigh in.
Big or small, deep freezes aren’t for everyone. If it’s just you and Lucy the cat, the energy required to keep a deep freeze going might not pay off.
But if there are two or more of you in the house, you entertain for crowds or you enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you’ve got a stock of meat and meals on hand, there’s an energy efficient second freezer out there for you.
So you can stock up on meat. This is one of the biggest and most common advantages of having a second freezer that we hear from customers at looking to get an appliance for their Kelowna home. It’s still common in Canada for families to have sides of beef, or to take home their winnings from meat draws at the Legion.
Many cooks like knowing there’s always a few steaks, chicken fillets, a turkey and some ground beef patties in the freezer. Perfect for unexpected company or to get you through the week until your grocery shop day, where you might find a big sale on meat and want to stock up! Your savings alone could easily cover the cost to run your deep freeze.
So you can cook big batches of soup, sauce and casseroles. If you’re the kind of cook who likes to do homemade soups or even meals like lasagne, you might as well double or quadruple your recipe and freeze a few bins for another day when you don’t feel like cooking or you’re short on time.
Just set it on the counter to thaw before you leave for work and come home to a delicious soup ready for heating in the pot. These soups and meals also make great gifts for new moms and sick friends.
So you can keep your goods for months if you’re a gardener or a hunter. Here in the Okanagan, gardens are bountiful and a chest or upright freezer is an appliance must-have.. Enjoy your corn or peas year-round when you freeze them in freezer bags or containers. For best results, freeze less than 1.5 kilograms (three pounds) at a time, and you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh, delicious taste of your frozen vegetables up to a year later.
The same one-year rule of thumb applies to game meat. If you’re a hunter or you have an Uncle Tim who makes mouth-watering deer sausage, a new, energy efficient freezer allows you to stock up and enjoy at your leisure, link by link.
What’s the one other optional appliance Kelowna homeowners can’t live without? A beer fridge. Learn more in our post Why do Okanagan homeowners love beverage centers?
Are you thinking about the deep freeze that’s right for you? Visit our Vernon appliance store where we can help you choose the upright or chest model to suit your house and your food storage needs.