Benefits of a Chest Freezer
What are some of the benefits of a chest freezer (sometimes called a drop freezer)? We list them below, and if you have others that aren't listed here, let us know so we can add to the list!
1. YOU CAN STORE A QUARTER BEEF IN A CHEST FREEZER
If your family eats meat, you've probably wondered at least once Will I Save Money Buying a Quarter Beef Online? Read the article for the full details, but it is true: buying in bulk CAN save you a lot compared to grocery store prices—and a chest freezer is a perfect food storage method. Buying meat in bulk can be hard when you just have a refrigerator-freezer, but by adding even a small chest freezer to your house you can store a whole cow and free up food storage space in your fridge!
If you're wondering exactly how much (quarter, half, whole beef) you can fit into a freezer, read our handy guide: How Much Freezer Space Do I Need for a Quarter Beef?
2. SAVE MONEY WITH FREEZER MEALS
Have you ever spent 20 minutes just wandering through the grocery store wondering what you should make for dinner that night? Yeah...us either 😉 The solution to grocery store wandering is simple: Meal Planning.
With some planning, you can use your drop freezer to store meals that you make in bulk and save for later. That way, all you have to do is grab something out of the freezer (either in the morning or even right before dinner), and you're all set. Freezer meals save money because while Statista reports that Americans visit the supermarket 1.6 times per week, that doesn't touch on the fact that more trips to the store mean more money spent (can anyone resist "just one more thing"...those things definitely add up over time. And don't even get started on how much time and energy a grocery trip can take with kiddos in tow...
3. STOCK UP ON YOUR FAVORITE SALE ITEMS
What better way to store novelties and extras like pies, cookies, ice cream, any frozen food favorites than in a drop freezer? Storing these things in a freezer means that you won't be left searching when you have unexpected company drop by. If you're storing things like ice cream long-term, it does best without a lot of temperature change--which is where a chest freezer comes in. Not storing things for a long time in your regular day-to-day freezer means that they'll stay at their optimal freshness for longer.
4. STORE FRESH FRUIT IN BULK
Have you ever gone to a local farm and done a U-pick? It's a fun way to get some of your most-loved fruits and veggies at a reasonable price, plus you can't beat making family memories like picking apples in the fall or gathering strawberries straight from the vine in the summer. These fruits and veggies are often the best value when you buy a bunch at once, so freezing them is a perfect way to keep them around for longer.
Wondering how to get started? There are many types of freezers for any space, upright freezers, freezer chests, deep freezers, energy efficient, just shop whichever one first your needs. For more ways to take advantage of your free, read about How to Freeze 16 Popular Fruits and Vegetables.