Just bought a chest freezer..need to fill!

cathycdkJanuary 12, 2002

Hello everyone :)

We just bought a 15 cu. ft. chest freezer that will be delivered next week. How in the world do we fill it so that it will run efficiently without bankrupting our food budget? I know that eventually it will really help us save by stocking up and cooking ahead, but the thought of a half empty freezer wasting energy turns my stomach.

Thanks for you suggestions.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bugs

I made lots of soups, stews and chilis to stock in mine. Also great to buy bulk meat. Get a family pack of hamburger or chicken etc.. and break it down into meal size bags, if you are having company take out 2. Sometimes you can get deals at local meat plants on cases of sausage, hot dogs or chicken breasts.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2002 at 12:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
leaf123_yahoo_com

I'm no expert and don't have a freezer myself but I think I read that they are more efficient when full, even if it's just ice in there. So if you can only fill it up half way, try jugs of water in there for ice. Can someone confirm this or set me straight?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2002 at 1:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bugs

Great idea! you are right they are more efficient when full so if there is too much space anything in it helps although a pain when you need something below.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2002 at 11:55AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ArabellaMiller

Buy ice cream in bulk!

I also keep a platter from Pampered Chef that keeps things cold in my extra freezer. It needs to freeze for a few hours before using, and I always forget to do it when I need to, so now I just keep it in there. The same with the tub for my ice cream maker. Who wants to wait the 6+ hours for that thing to freeze up?

    Bookmark   January 15, 2002 at 3:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
freckles2

We have a big chest freezer. I raise vegetables in garden and we also raise beef and lamb so our freezer is, at times, full to the brim and other times, it may be half full. When I want to keep it full to run efficiently, I freeze the two ltr pop bottles full of ice tea or water. Coincidentally, this is usually during the summer which really works great as I can take out the frozen water/tea and put in cooler which helps keep the other items cold and it is great to drink. I also buy bread at the day old bakeries to keep in the freezer.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2002 at 6:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cathycdk

Hello everyone!
I'm enjoying reading all of your ideas! Please keep sending them along! I can't wait to get my freezer so I can start filling it! I've been longing to make things in advance to freeze in meal size portions, make baby food, and to try things like making homemade frozen pizzas, cookie dough, etc. I really like the frozen ice tea idea! We drink a lot of ice tea and water in my house and that will work great!

Thanks again everyone.
Cathy

    Bookmark   January 15, 2002 at 6:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Bugs

I do frozen pizzas all the time, they dont need cooking before freezing. I have also been making ahead and freezing sausage rolls, cabbage rolls, pirogies with all differnt fillings, lasagna, shepherds pie, chicken wings, burritos, they are all great for tired nights all you need is a day or 2 free for cooking non stop but it is worth it.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2002 at 4:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cookingfairy

Can it hold.....something say.......6 feet tall???? JUST KIDDING!!!!!!!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2002 at 4:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
chay

6' 2" even. No Problem. But you have to use a ramp out of 2 X 6 's to get "it" in there!! (Fold before rigor mortis sets in)
:o)
~chay

    Bookmark   February 22, 2002 at 1:40AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
George Foreman Grill
I received a small one for a birthday present. Has...
nita1950
chopped salad timesaver
My mother made chopped salads. I have found my method...
dahlia6
Freezer Cooking for 2
My parents are caring for my terminally ill uncle....
gen76eva
Sauce Freezing Question
Hi all. This may seem like a silly question, but I'd...
pandanoke
Favorite family recipe?
OK lets have your family's favorite recipe.
RuthieG in MA
Sponsored Products
Dino's 24Karrot Italian Cream Cake - NA
$85.00 | Horchow
Free Standing Cabinets Racks & Shelves: New Age Industrial Garage Shelving
Home Depot
Red & Green Dinner Plate Storage Chest
$12.99 | zulily
Safavieh Bailey Three-drawer Chest/ Side Storage Table
Overstock.com
Icy Shot Glass Mold - Set of 3
$19.99 | Dot & Bo
Denby Heritage Pavilion Accent Large Mug - Set of 4 - DENB206
$79.96 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™