As an early birthday gift, my hubby (who I'll refer to as The Architect, since the term "DH" just doesn't float my boat) offered to get me a deep freezer. Now, this may not seem like the most romantic birthday gift, but I'm a fairly practical person, so a very practical birthday gift makes sense. Also, as he noted, I've only been talking about a chest freezer since the day we moved in, about a year and a half ago. Frankly, a shot of our freezer in the kitchen filled to the brim makes the argument:
Moral of the story - I was thrilled with the gift! To prepare for the freezer, I knew I'd have to do a little reorganization in the basement. A good chunk of our basement is taken up by the tuck-under garage, another chunk is finished and functions as our "gym" (I plead the fifth on how often it gets used), and another portion is a non-bathroom bathroom - named as such because it has a sink and shower, but no people toilets. So it contains cat commodes. This left the laundry room for the chest freezer.
We have storage shelf in the laundry room that was holding a lot of my canning stuff, but it needed some serious reorganization and relocation to make room for the freezer. I spent an afternoon crawling around on the basement floor, disassembling and reassembling the shelving unit, cleaning, and LABELING! I should probably be a member of Labelers Annonymous. I adore my label-maker. Here's the area ready for the freezer to arrive (if you look closely, you can see the label-maker on the shelf):
the freezer on New Year's Day, and Home Depot delivered it a few days later. The delivery guys were very impressed that I had measured the space correctly. They said this was their first delivery all day that had been measured correctly. I had spent a lot of time thinking about how I would keep track of the contents of the freezer. One of the biggest problems with chest freezers is that often people forget what is in it, and don't use the food before freezer burn claims it. Kind of defeats the purpose of the freezer. My grandparents, who always had a huge garden, and two HUGE freezers, always kept a map showing the contents and locations of everything in their freezer. They used pencil so they could update it. Assuming the contents would of mine would be changing regularly, I wanted a similar system. I considered buying a dry erase maker board for the purpose, but when the freezer arrived, I was met with a wonderful surprise. The surface of the freezer looked exactly like a dry-erase board! I tested a spot on the back of the freezer, and sure enough, it worked!
Iowa Food Co-op and from a Wallace Farms, local farm. This means we only get meat a couple times a month, so the freezer will be so helpful in keeping enough meat in the house to provide us choices! I'm also hoping to freeze veggies that I grow in my garden this year. More on the garden later!